Aug 26

- Ireland – Coldest August night on record (Ice Age Now, Aug 25, 2014):

Breaks record for the entire month of August.

A new record for the coldest August night was set on the night of 23rd/24th August for Northern Ireland.

The Met Office said temperatures plunged to a bone-chilling -1.9C (28.6F) at Katesbridge, Co Down, beating the previous record of -1.1C at Loughermore Forest in 1964.

Note: This wasn’t just the coldest in Katesbridge, it was the coldest on record across all of Northern Ireland. Continue reading »

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Aug 26

- Official wept at prime minister’s office: “I’m sorry, we’ve tried… but we are in a situation beyond our control” at Fukushima — Hours Later: “People’s blood ran cold”… “Huge hole” suspected to have opened up in No. 2 Reactor (ENENews, Aug 25, 2014):

Kyodo News, Aug 25, 2014:

  • An official of [TEPCO] wept at the prime minister’s office in Tokyo as the utility felt it had exhausted all options to prevent the worst from happening
  • “I’m sorry. We’ve tried many things, but we are in a situation beyond our control,” [said a TEPCO official] Continue reading »

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Aug 25

South Korea Returns 20 Tons Of Radioactive Japan Seafood

-    S. Korea returned 20 t of Japanese marine products for Cs-134/137 contamination / Not from Fukushima area (Fukushima Diary, Aug 23, 2014):

On 8/21/2014, Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries of South Korea announced they retuned 20 t of Japanese marine products from January to July in 2014.

The specific reading was not published, but the ministry comments they detected Cs-134/137 from the returned products.

S. Korea banned imports from Fukushima prefecture and 7 adjacent prefectures last September, so this 20 t of returned marine products are not from the main contaminated regions in Japan. They announce it was 20 t of 9,300 t marine products in total. Continue reading »

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Aug 25

- Physicists Say Fukushima Reactors Pose Eternal Threat to Humanity (RIA Novosti, Aug 23, 2014):

MOSCOW, August 23 (RIA Novosti) – The three molten cores at Fukushima plant, each weighing a hundred tons, are so radioactive, that no one can approach them, including robots, which melt down immediately, Dr. Helen Caldicott, the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize nominee, physician and anti-nuclear advocate, states in an interview to Radio VR:

“And no one ever will, and the contamination will go on for hundreds of years,” Ms. Caldicott cites top physicists as saying. Continue reading »

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Aug 24


Aug 23, 2014

Mag. 6.6 Valparaiso, Chile and Mag. 5.3 Hofn, Iceland….

Website: sott.net
Source credit: USA Today, USGS
Map credit: USGS
Photography credit: belongs to their respective owner(s) and not to me..
Article Links:
http://www.sott.net/article/284340-6-…
http://www.sott.net/article/284341-US…

Original website, article link: USATODAY
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/wo…

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Aug 24

- San Francisco Bay Area Hit By Strongest Earthquake In 25 Years; Wine Country Shakes – LIve Webcast (ZeroHedge; Aug 24, 2014):

First a drought, then a plague, now an earthquake: if these three aren’t enough to help boost California’s GDP, then it may be time for Krugman to resign. Oh and prepare for wine prices to become the latest participant in Janet Yellen’s inflationary “noise” parade. The reason – images such as this one showing what happens when a powerful quake hits just miles away from San Francisco’s wine area.

The red stuff is luckily not blood:

As Reuters reports, and as thousands felt early this morning, an earthquake of 6.0 magnitude, the largest in the region for 25 years, shook the San Francisco Bay Area early on Sunday, waking residents and causing some power outages and minor damage, according to initial reports. NBC Bay Area reports that The Queen of the Valley Hospital in Napa has admitted 70 patients but their injuries are not expected to be serious. An office building in Napa was dechunked.A video from the quake in progress:

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said the epicenter of the quake was eight km (five miles) northwest of the town of American Canyon, on the northern edge of the Bay, hitting some 9 kilometers away from the city of Napa at a depth of 10.8 kilometers. Latest shake map below.

Continue reading »

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Aug 24

- Iceland’s Bardarbunga Volcano Begins To Erupt, Ash Cloud Imminent After Aviation Warning Raised To “Red” (ZeroHedge, Aug 23, 2014):

In April 2010, it was Iceland’s unpronouncable Eyjafjallajokull volcano which erupted and forced more than 100,000 flights to be canceled on concern glass-like particles formed from lava could melt in aircraft engines and clog turbines.

A year later, in May 2011, ash from Iceland’s Grimsvotn volcano forced flight cancellations in Scotland, northern England and Germany leading to further lower “GDP  adjustments” across Europe which back then was in desperate need of a scapegoat for its then double-dip recession.

So in what may be good news for Europe once again, now teetering on the edge of a triple-dip recession (in the confines of Europe’s worst depression ever), moments ago Iceland’s meteorological service reported that the island’s Bardarbunga volcano, having been closely observed by volcano-watchers for the past month due to heightened seismic activity, has begun to erupt which means in addition to Russia’s trade war, Europe now has another volcanic eruption to blame its latest GDP contraction on. As the local Met office summarizes, a “small” eruption of lava has occurred to the northeast of the volcano leading the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service to declare that “all air traffic is now prohibited in a large radius around the volcano.”

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Aug 24

Japan Newspaper: “The seriousness of the current situation at Fukushima can’t be understated” — Report: Unmitigated radiation is pouring into Pacific Ocean — Video: They don’t know how to stop the radioactive leaks… we’ll never know how to stop this (ENENews, Aug 23, 2014)

- Scientist holds press conference in Tokyo: Urgent need to share new developments from Fukushima — Very, very striking results show radiation injury to whole ecosystems — Significant implications for Japan (VIDEO) (ENENews, Aug 22, 2014)

- Time Magazine: Doctor links recent outbreaks of ‘mysterious ­rashes’ to Fukushima — Cancer Specialist: “There’s so much societal pressure to not even mention the word radiation” — Video: Huge number of cancers already… gov’t actively engaged in safety propaganda (VIDEO) (ENENews, Aug 22, 2014)

- Top US Nuclear Officials Visit Fukushima: “The pain they’ve inflicted… innocent lives impacted forever… children” — “Sick to my stomach… as if I were in a science fiction movie” — “Very sobering” — “We raise the standard of living for millions… without us, heart surgery isn’t possible” (VIDEO) (ENENews, Aug 22, 2014)

- 74,000,000,000 Bq of Cs-134/137 only within 10 mins released from Reactor3 in the summer of 2013 (Fukushima Diary, Aug 22, 2014)

- ABC news “10 horses dead this season in a racetrack of California, injuries and heart attack” (Fukushima Diary, Aug 22, 2014)

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Aug 24

- Volcanic eruption begins under Iceland’s (and Europe’s) largest glacier (Ice Age Now, Aug 23, 2014):

Dyngjujokull eruption begins – It’s all subglacial for now


Iceland’s Dyngjujokull volcano began erupting today, prompting the country to raise its aviation alert level to red, the country’s Meteorological Office said. However, the eruption is still just considered a minor event at this point

Dyngjujokull volcano is not far from Bárðarbunga, which gave us the largest eruption of the Holocene (this era).

An alert level of red — the highest level — indicates the threat of “significant emission of ash into the atmosphere.” Meanwhile, the National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police has raised the alert phase to emergency phase.

Seismic data indicates that hot magma is melting the ice beneath the Dyngjujokull icecap on the Vatnajokull glacier, said Met Office vulcanologist Melissa Pfeffer. Continue reading »

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Aug 24

- If it quacks like a duck … it must be a turtle (Ice Age Now, Aug 22, 2014):

“Why We’re Definitely Not Headed for Another Ice Age.”

When I saw that headline in Newsweek, I thought, do they know something that I don’t? But once I read the article, it left me wondering how in the world they came to that conclusion.

It reminds me of the great retort by paleontologist Robert Bakker to those who did not agree with his belief that many kinds of dinosaurs were birds.

“There are still a few of my colleagues who think if it walks like a duck, breathes like a duck and grows like a duck, it must be a turtle,” said Bakker.

Let’s see if this Newsweek article is a duck or a turtle. Continue reading »

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Aug 23

- Montana – A taste of winter in August (Ice Age Now, Aug 22, 2014):

Hikers should prepare for raw, winter-like conditions …  in August!
Up to 5″snow possible at 6,500 feet.
Temperatures 20 degrees below normal.


Winter-in-August-2014


National Weather Service – Missoula, Montana – 22 August 2014

An unseasonably cold and very wet weather system will bring significant impacts to outdoor activities & backcountry recreation plans beginning today and lasting through Sunday. Continue reading »

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Aug 23

- Evidence of new, present-day glaciation in Scotland (Ice Age Now, Aug 22, 2014):

A team of experts investigating the North Face of Scotland’s Ben Nevis mountain have found snowfields remaining in many gullies and upper scree slopes.


Ben-Nevis-Courtesy-of-Wikipedia


On these snowfields, the team – which included mountaineers, geologists and botanists – came across compacted, dense, ice hard snow call neve.

Neve is the first stage in the formation of glaciers, the team said. Continue reading »

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Aug 23

- Up to 13 inches of snow for Montana (Ice Age Now, Aug 21, 2014):

“This hardly ever happens in mid August – even for that location,” says reader Kenneth Lund. “Normally in August they get temps about 60/40.”


  • Tonight - Rain and snow showers likely, mainly before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 32. Calm wind becoming south southwest 5 to 9 mph after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of around 2 inches. Continue reading »

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Aug 23

- Saskatchewan wheat production forecast to decline dramatically this year (Ice Age Now, Aug 21, 2014):

According to Statistics Canada, wheat production is expected to fall 27 per cent while canola is expected to be off 23 per cent from 2013 levels.

The reason? Because fewer acres were seeded, and because the rainy weather that flooded millions of acres put the crops up to two weeks behind normal development in certain areas.

More warm weather is needed, says the provincial Agriculture Ministry. Instead, cooler weather is on the way.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/sask-harvest-will-be-down-this-year-statscan-says-1.2742677

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Aug 23

California Droughts: Then And Now (Erico Matias Tavares of Sinclair & Co, Aug 21, 2014):

The obstinate drought in California is showing no signs of letting up, and is now being compared to the last major drought which took place during 1976 and 1977.

Back then, the state was not as well equipped to cope with severe dryness. The sharp decline of surface water supplies coupled with the lack of backup reservoirs and waterways caused a lot of damage to the state’s agriculture, in particular to the livestock industry. As it turned out, the drought reversed itself completely a year later, and California powered on to become the major agro-industrial player it is today. Continue reading »

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Aug 23

- Far more snow and rain than normal in the Alps (Ice Age Now, Aug 21, 2014):

“In the Swiss/French/Italian Alps, my desktop radar tells me it’s been snowing.. a lot!” says reader Caroline Snyder. “This report was from a few days ago.”

Mountain sports fans, take care: 7 bodies found

Mountain guides and police are warning mountaineers and hikers to use great caution in the Alps, with far more rain and snow at altitude than is normal this time of year, creating riskier than usual conditions.

http://genevalunch.com/2014/08/13/mountain-sports-fans-take-care-7-bodies-found/

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Aug 22

- End of the line: GMO production in China halted (RT, Aug 20, 2014):

In a surprise U-turn, China’s Ministry of Agriculture has decided not to continue with a program which developed genetically-modified rice and corn. Some environmentalists say public concerns about GM crops played a key role in the decision.

On August 17, when these permits were up for renewal, the Ministry of Agriculture decided not to extend them. In 2009, the ministry’s Biosafety Committee issued approval certificates to develop the two crops, rice and corn. Continue reading »

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Aug 22

I wasn’t surprised to find life under there, but I was surprised how much life there was, and how they made a living. They are essentially eating the Earth.
- John Priscu, lead scientist

Scientists present definitive proof that life exists .5 miles beneath the ice sheet in the Antarctic lake. Pictured here, a coccoid shaped microbial cell with an attached sediment particle from the Subglacial Lake Whillans water column
Scientists present definitive proof that life exists .5 miles beneath the ice sheet in the Antarctic lake. Pictured here, a coccoid shaped microbial cell with an attached sediment particle from the Subglacial Lake Whillans water column

- Confirmed: Microbial life found half mile below Antarctic ice sheet (Los Angeles Times, Aug 20, 2014):

In an icy lake half a mile beneath the Antarctic ice sheet, scientists have discovered a diverse ecosystem of single-celled organisms that have managed to survive without ever seeing the light of the sun.

The discovery, reported Wednesday in the journal Nature is not so much a surprise as a triumph of science and engineering. The research team spent 10 years and more than $10 million to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that life did indeed exist in subglacial lakes near the South Pole.

“It’s the real deal,” said Peter Doran, an Earth scientist at the University of Illinois at Chicago, who was not involved in the study. “There was news that they found life early this year, but a bunch of us were waiting for the peer reviewed paper to come out before we jumped for joy.” Continue reading »

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Aug 22

- Woodstock, Ontario – Coldest July max in 142 years (Ice Age Now, Aug 20, 2014):

Coldest since 1872


Using Environment Canada monthly summaries, Woodstock Ontario had the coldest average Tmax for July since 1872 (which is when the data starts).

http://sunshinehours.wordpress.com/2014/08/19/woodstock-ontario-coldest-july-tmax-in-142-years/

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Aug 21

- Headed for lowest solar activity in four centuries – Video (Ice Age Now, Aug 18, 2014):

“The primary concern is famine.”


We appear to be headed for conditions similar to the Maunder Minimum, says this video from Suspicious0bservers. This low in solar activity comes after what was likely the highest solar activity in the last 3,000 years.



Here are a few observations from the video: Continue reading »

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Aug 21

- Blast of wintry weather to hit Britain…In August (Ice Age Now, Aug 20, 2014):

Forecasters warn of ‘coldest August spell in a century’


Parts of Britain are getting an unexpected dose of winter weather as gale force winds send temperatures plunging.

The Met Office has issued severe weather warnings for northern England and Scotland, with Ireland also likely to be affected by gusts which “would not be unusual in the autumn and winter”.

Met office spokesman Calum Maccoll said there could even be frost in parts of Scotland as temperatures approach zero later in the week.

Maybe even snow! Continue reading »

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Aug 21

- Iceland – Tourists and workers evacuated north of rumbling volcano (Ice Age Now, Aug 20, 2014):

Some 3,000 small earthquakes in Iceland since Saturday

have raised concerns that the country’s largest volcano system, Bardarbunga, located under Iceland’s largest glacier, Vatnajokull, could erupt and cause travel chaos across Europe.

Meteorologist Einar Einarsson said earthquakes were happening practically every minute. Continue reading »

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Aug 21

- Life will be nasty, brutish and short (Ice Age Now, Aug 20, 2014):

“We’re ill-prepared if the iceman cometh,” writes Maurice Newman in The Australian.

“What if David Archibald’s book The Twilight of Abundance: Why Life in the 21st Century Will Be Nasty, Brutish, and Short turns out to be right?,” asks Newman, former ABC chairman and chairman of the Australian Prime Minister’s business advisory council.

“What if the warmth the world has enjoyed for the past 50 years is the result of solar activity, not man-made CO2?”

Newman points to Russian scientists at the Pulkovo Observatory, who “are convinced the world is in for a cooling period that will last for 200-250 years.”

He also refers to respected Norwegian solar physicist Pal Brekke, who “warns temperatures may actually fall for the next 50 years.” Continue reading »

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Aug 21

- Summer in Toronto – On the verge of setting a new record (Ice Age Now, Aug 19, 2014):

“If Toronto’s Pearson International Airport weather station doesn’t hit 30.0ºC before the end of August — and it’s not looking like it will — this will be the first consecutive July and August that Pearson has not hit 30.0ºC+ since records began at Pearson in 1938 — that’s 76 years of data,” says Weather Network meteorologist Dayna Vettese.

Chilly temperatures appear to have settled into the region, making it feel like fall in some places.

http://www.theweathernetwork.com/news/articles/summer-in-toronto-a-little-on-the-cool-side/34286?ref=wxnetapptopstory4V5&var1=0

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Aug 21

- Japanese cows develop skin spots, mysterious disease; farmers fear radiation affecting humans, too (Natural News, July 7, 2014):

Livestock with strange white spots covering their skin were put on display at a recent protest in front of Tokyo’s agriculture ministry, according to the Associated Press (AP). Two Japanese farmers, disturbed by the unusual markings, are calling on government officials to conduct a real investigation into what they believe is radiation poisoning from the shuttered Fukushima nuclear plant.

The damage is affecting hundreds of animals on farms near the plant, barring the sale of milk and meat due to safety concerns. And the Japanese government, say the farmers, has glossed over the problem by failing to properly investigate it and come up with an explanation, all the while pretending as though nothing is wrong. Continue reading »

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Aug 20

H/t reader M.G.:

“Back to the only important story, Fukushima, here is another grim update.
God Damn the Japanese corporations and the complicit government that doesn’t care who dies as long as they profit. I hope there is a special hell for them……..”


Experts: Plutonium and uranium flow into ocean from Fukushima — “Heavily contaminated” water is leaking out of plant — Melted fuel releasing hundreds of different radioactive materials — Officials refuse to investigate 90% of these (VIDEO) (ENENews, Aug 18, 2014):

Dr. Jacques Repussard, Director General of France’s Institute for Radiological Protection and Nuclear Safety (IRSN), May 15, 2014 (emphasis added): To deal with the remaining issue of the contaminated water [Tepco should] limit, or even finalize, the underground leak into the sea of heavily contaminated water. >> Watch the interview here

Tim Deere-Jones, UK-based marine radioactivity consultant (pdf), ‘Fukushima Marine Radioactivity Issues‘, August 2013: The current operating marine environmental monitoring regimes in the relevant sea area are focusing on a very small number of radionuclides, principally caesium, iodine and strontium. These represent less than 10% of the total inventory of nuclides… I can see no justification for refusing to investigate the concentrations of approximately 90% of the radioactive material (all of which are capable of contaminating environmental media and delivering doses of radioactivity to wildlife and human populations)… there can be little doubt that a range of other isotopes including actinides/alpha emitters (probably 4 or 5 isotopes of plutonium, 3 of Uranium, and also Americium and Curium) will also have been released and entered into the marine environment. Continue reading »

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Aug 20

- Gov’t: Radiation level 60 km from Fukushima plant is as high as the most contaminated areas in Chernobyl — “Fukushima far exceeded any crisis previously encountered” — “A risk of destruction of the society” — Expert: “It’s unprecedented in scale and duration” (VIDEOS) (ENENews, Aug 18, 2014):

Dr. Jacques Repussard, Director General of France’s Institute for Radiological Protection and Nuclear Safety (IRSN), May 15, 2014 (emphasis added): To deal with the remaining issue of the contaminated water [Tepco should] limit, or even finalize, the underground leak into the sea of heavily contaminated water. >> Watch the interview here

Tim Deere-Jones, UK-based marine radioactivity consultant (pdf), ‘Fukushima Marine Radioactivity Issues‘, August 2013: The current operating marine environmental monitoring regimes in the relevant sea area are focusing on a very small number of radionuclides, principally caesium, iodine and strontium. These represent less than 10% of the total inventory of nuclides… I can see no justification for refusing to investigate the concentrations of approximately 90% of the radioactive material (all of which are capable of contaminating environmental media and delivering doses of radioactivity to wildlife and human populations)… there can be little doubt that a range of other isotopes including actinides/alpha emitters (probably 4 or 5 isotopes of plutonium, 3 of Uranium, and also Americium and Curium) will also have been released and entered into the marine environment. Continue reading »

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Aug 20

- Intense earthquake swarm started at Bárðarbunga volcano, Iceland (The Watchers, Aug 18, 2014):

Icelandic Met Office (IMO) is reporting a sharp increase in seismic activity by the subglacial stratovolcano Bárðarbunga in NW Vatnajökull ice cap​. A seismic swarm has been ongoing since 03:00 UTC on August 16, 2014, and near continuous earthquakes have been occurring since then.

This is the most intense earthquake swarm in this area for years, according to IMO. The last confirmed eruption of this volcano took place on June 18, 1910 (VEI 2), while the largest known eruption (VEI 6) took place in February 1477. In historic times there have been large eruptions of this volcano every 250 – 600 years.

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Aug 20

- Mysterious sea star wasting syndrome spreads to public aquariums in Washington State, killing hundreds of creatures (Natural News, Aug 18, 2014):

Millions of sea stars have vanished from the West Coast over the past year, affecting habitats ranging from Alaska all the way to Mexico, with some deaths even detected off the East Coast.

Perhaps one of the most peculiar facts about the event is that both wild and captive sea stars are succumbing to what researchers refer to as “wasting syndrome,” a condition that causes the sea stars’ limbs to contort unnaturally, form lesions and eventually tear off, leaving the animal fatally deflated. Continue reading »

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Aug 20

- Buy The Drip: Thousands Of Gallons Of Oil Spill Into Ohio River Upstream Of Cincinnati (ZeroHedge, Aug 19, 2014):

Lately it is not just trains blowing up across the country in the ongoing effort to prove just how safer rail transport is for crude oil transit compared to pipelines: as citizens of Cincinatti found out this morning, their drinking water may come with an added kick after thousands of gallons of diesel fuel spilled out onto the Ohio River after an incident at a power plant early Tuesday. According to WCPO, the Coast Guard said it estimated about 8,000 gallons of fuel spilled out from Duke Energy’s W.C. Beckjord power station outside of Cincinnati.

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