Monday, May 2, 2011

MASS ANIMAL DIE-OFF: Mass Death of Fish in 2 Russian Districts!

Here are two reports coming out of the Krasnoyarsk Krai and Kamensky districts in Russia, about the mass death of fish.
In the Krasnoyarsk Krai at the lake today Kutuzhekovo collect multi-ton catch. There's killed thousands of carp. In the MOE said that it was a natural disaster, it was not caused by man. Fish suffocated due to lack of oxygen. For several months in the lake water level has fallen critically. Discover has not received due to rare rainfall. Local residents now collect the dead, to avoid contamination of the water body. - NTV.

Mass death of fish recorded in the Kamensky district.
Mass death of fish recorded in Kamenka district. In fact already begun testing. Several dead fish sent to study in the Sverdlovsk Regional Veterinary Station. About this API, said the press service of the Prosecutor of the Sverdlovsk region. There noted that the fish surfaced in the Iset Kamensky district, near the village Beklenischevoy. According to preliminary data, the cause of death was the winter frozen fish. Beneath the ice lacked air. The fish suffocated, but resurfaced in the spring. Signs of chemical poisoning has not yet been found. - Apiural.

EARTH CHANGES: The Great Deluge - "The Gods Must Be Crazy"?!

According to the forecasters at Weather Service International, the 2011 Atlantic Hurricane Season will be quite an active one, with 15 named storms, 8 of which are expected to become hurricanes. Four of these are expected to develop into major hurricanes of Category 3 or higher on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale. Here in Jamaica, where I live and work, disaster preparedness and emergency management mechanisms are already being put into high gear by government agencies to deal with any eventuality arising out of this.

Right now, we are already seeing the impact of heavy rains and flooding in other sections of the Caribbean, with no storm or hurricane on the horizon. Countries like Puerto Rico, Barbados, the Virgin Islands, St. Thomas, St. John and other adjacent islands have been beset by a deluge of waters that has left residents, meteorologists and other weather experts stunned at the magnitude of the situation.

And so, I begin this update on the widespread flooding globally, here in the Caribbean:


Well, it seems the weather gods are confused about what should be happening this time of year. We have had some ungodly amounts of rain in the last week and yesterday - finally saw some blue skies, interspersed with a few hard-driving rain showers. Crazy. Woke up this morning to brilliant blue skies and by noon - rain here in the south. We have a pretty good cloud cover and it is not looking hopeful that the rain will pass us by. From other weather stations/pictures, it looks like we are in for about bout of heavy rains. We have had some heavy flooding in several parts of the island, with some bridges under water, rivers jumping their banks and houses flooded right through. Fortunately, no people were hurt and no houses lost, just lots and lots of water damage. With more rain on the way, I can't see how those low-lying, already flooded communities are going to deal with more flooding!... Unseasonably heavy showers are causing flooding in low-lying areas on the Caribbean island of Barbados. A Sunday statement from the island's emergency management office says hours of sustained rains have flooded numerous streets and homes with muddy water. Many church services and other events have been canceled and shops have closed. No injuries have been reported and no one is reported missing, but callers to local radio stations are reporting a few collapsed walls and inundated roadways on the 20-by-14 mile (35-by-20 kilometer) island. The worst of it appears to be in southern communities... Wotton was one of the areas seriously affected by flood waters today. Waters rose to over five feet in the Christ Christ area, trapping some residents in their homes. Officials at the Department of Emergency Management (DEM) said Wotton was one of the worst affected areas. The Nation's Maria Bradshaw was in the area covering the water damage there... A trough that passes through our area today has caused heavy rains throughout the island, as shown by the Doppler radar National Weather Service (NWS). NMS extended effective flood warning until 6:30 pm for the municipalities of: Corozal, Gurabo, Trujillo Alto, Canovanas, Carolina, Loiza, Rio Grande, Naranjito, Morovis, Toa Alta, Vega Alta, Vega Baja, Dorado, Manati and Toa Baja. So far there has been from one to three inches of rain in some areas of the north and northeast, which caused accumulation of water on some roads. Moreover, the police reported a landslide at km 5.1 of road 851, in Trujillo Alto. According to the report, part of the road was blocked by land and traffic was affected. The staff of State Agency Emergency Management and Disaster Management (AEMEAD) said efforts to make clear the above procedure of shooting. The Power Authority will verify an electricity pole which ceded the land due to movement... The National Weather Service Sunday issued a flash flood watch for the U.S. Virgin Islands through 4 a.m. Tuesday, forecasting the possibility of significant rainfall over the next few days. According to the weather service, a trough of low pressure across the Bahamas into the western Caribbean will continue to deepen and pull tropical moisture northward into the area through Tuesday morning. Upper mid-level disturbances will move eastward across the Virgin Islands over the next 48 hours and result in frequent showers and thunderstorms, some of which could produce very heavy rainfall in a short period of time due to the abundant moisture. The National Weather Service is forecasting early Tuesday morning as having the highest probability of significant rainfall and the greatest risk of flooding, according to a statement issued Saturday by the Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency. The territory may receive between three to five inches of rain or even more in localized areas, which could fall in a short period of time causing flooding of small streams and urban areas... Well we had a few hours break yesterday but today we are back to continuous rain. The radar shows there is little chance of a break in his weather today and given the conditions in Barbados, I guess it could become worse over the next few hours. I suspect today's Jazz on the Beach may be postponed for 12 months. Bexon was flooded on Friday so I suspect they will have more problems after this spell... Wow!!! I have no words for the amount of rain hitting the island right now!! It has been steadily raining fairly heavily since about 8 am this morning. The road in front of the house is a river, the yard is now a lake and it shows no signs of letting up. This is unreal for the "dry" season. So far, no reports of real damage, just roads that now look like rivers. Hopefully, there has not been any more slippage of our hurricane damaged roads and all those houses on the hillsides are still where they belong - on the hills! - Pole Shift NING.

Several homes flooded by the rains in Santiago. Santiago, Dominican Republic - Heavy rains were recorded in the early morning on Monday, where they have already caused some flooding in the residential area Ensanche Bermúdez. Francisco Arias, director of Civil Defense in the area, reported that all committees in the state of combat readiness for any eventuality. Defense agencies have identified 53 high-risk areas in the city. - Noticia

In South America,
Five cities have declared a state of emergency and more than 3 thousand people have been left homeless as a result of intense rainfall in the northeastern Brazilian state of Alagoas according to reports from the local office of civil defense. Flooding has destroyed 102 residential buildings and partially flooded another 312. The victims have been temporarily placed in clubs and schools. According to preliminary reports, the flooding has killed one child. The number of victims is still being determined. In the coming days, rains will continue in the region, according to meteorologists. - Allvoices.
Seven days ago, at least ten people were killed due to heavy rains in southern Brazil.The worst incidents occurred in the cities of Novo Harmburgo Igrejinha and in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, near the border with Argentina and Uruguay.In these places, several houses were buried by landslides and at least eight people were killed.

In Columbia, six locations in Bogota was affected by flooding from rain that left up to 50 inches of water.


At least 20 neighborhoods in six localities in Bogotá are flooding emergency that left the heavy downpour of the last hours. According to Radio Caracol met, the affected areas are Engativá, Barrios Unidos, Kennedy, Fontibón, Antonio Nariño and Suba where the water reaches 50 centimeters. The districts affected by floods are Western Bellavista, San Fernando, Julio Glore, Simón Bolívar, Model, Esmeralda, Metropolis, Versailles, El Recodo, La Estancia, Rincon de los Angeles, West Orchard, Tintal, Quiroga and the Forge. According to several residents of the neighborhood affected the water level enyre overtake him oos cantímetros 15 and 50 and ensure that only have so far received assistance from the Fire. - Caracol. [Translated]
In Argentina, NASA's Earth Observatory shows major changes on the Paraná River Floodplain in the north.
The Paraná River is South America’s second largest, and the river and its tributaries are important transportation routes for landlocked cities in Argentina, Paraguay, Bolivia, and Brazil. This astronaut photograph shows a 29-kilometer (18 mile) stretch of the Paraná, downstream of the small city of Goya, Argentina (just off the top left of the image). The Paraná River ranges up to 3 kilometers wide along the reach illustrated in this image. The main channel is deep enough to allow smaller ocean-going ships to pass north to the capital city of Asunción, Paraguay, fully 1,200 kilometers (745 miles) inland and well out of the image. The river’s dark brown shading indicates a heavy load of muddy sediment; smaller side channels also carry this mud. Numerous lakes are typical on active floodplains, and appear here as irregular bodies of water. Some appear brown, indicating that they probably have been refilled during recent rises and floods of the active channels. The Paraná floodplain occupies the entire image; it is so wide—18 kilometers (11 miles) in this view—that its banks are not visible. Numerous curved, meandering channels are the most prominent characteristic of the floodplain, indicating prior positions of the river and its channels. As riverbeds move laterally by natural processes, they leave remnants of their channels, which appear as lakes and finally fill with mud. This is an excellent image for illustrating these meander forms. From a geological standpoint, it is interesting that almost all of the old channels are similar in curvature to today’s side channels. However, almost none of them seem to show prior positions of the main, wide Paraná channel. - NASA's Earth Observatory.  
Storms sparking flooding, mudslides and lightning strikes have taken at least seven lives in Sri Lanka, according to government authorities. The Disaster Management Center of Sri Lanka said the floods and mudslides killed five people in the Ratnapura district. A further two people were struck and killed by lightning, the center stated.  Nearly 300 area homes were reportedly damaged by the floods and mudslides. This tragic weather impact was overshadowed by much worse flooding between November 2010 and February 2011. A series of outbreaks of extreme rain unleashed flooding that ultimately killed at least 43 people, while adversely affecting more than 1 million others. - AccuWeather.
A few places in Sullia and Beltangady taluks of Dakshina Kannada district experienced rain, thunder, and lightning on Sunday May 1. Subrahmanya and nearby places got heavy rain for about an hour, coupled with thunder and lightning, beginning at about 7 pm. The quantum of rain received in Sullia was comparatively less. Naravi in Beltangady taluk also got rain on Sunday evening. In other parts of Karnataka coast, temperatures rose, and high humidity made people to sweat... Rain in the afternoon hours of Sunday brought some surprises to Bangaloreans. Only some parts of the city saw heavy showers. Hailstone rain too set in to the city damaging a few houses and cars in Hanumanthanagar and Bannerghatta Road.Travelling became a little frustrating to commuters after water logging and traffic jams was reported on a few roads. No trees were uprooted but Nayandahalli, Girinagara, Jeevan Bima Nagar and HAL areas were waterlogged due to silt in the drains. M G Road, Shivajinagar Vashantha Nagar remained sunny while Banashankari, Uttrahalli, BTM layout received heavy rains. Due to the heavy rain in Vivek Nagar police limits, Honnarpet Road, mobile tower built on third floor of a building collapsed and damaged the neighbouring buildings... Heavy rain lashed the district for four hours on Saturday night, damaging banana plantations over nearly 25 acres in Tegur village of Dharwad taluk. The rain destroyed crops on the fields of Madiwalappa Lallanavar, Mudukappa Lallanavar, Arjun Krishnannavar, Subhashgouda Patil, and Yellappa Guddad. According to farmers, the damage is estimated to be Rs 30 lakh. The department of agriculture is yet to assess the total extent of damage. Water gushed into houses situated in low-lying areas, while a house owned by Lingappa Jogi collapsed. However, there was no damage to life. - Pole Shift NING.
In Malaysia, heavy flash floods caused major havoc.

Heavy rain which continued for more than three hours since 7am in Penang resulted in several roads in George Town being affected by flash floods. A check by Bernama found that the affected roads were Jalan Transfer, Lebuh Maccalum, Lebuh Noordn, parts of Jalan P.Ramlee, parts of Jalan Perak and several settlements in the city. The heavy rain and flash floods had caused massive traffic jams throughout George Town until 3pm. According to a spokesman of Penang Bridge Sdn Bhd (PBSB), the Penang Bridge was also congested since this morning and the jam was aggravated by an accident involving a lorry at KM1.0 heading towards Seberang Perai. "The jam resulted in slow traffic movement from morning until evening," he said when contacted by Bernama, here. Meanwhile, several areas in the vicinity of Bukit Mertajam, Juru and Butterworth in Seberang Perai were also hit by flash floods. In Bukit Mertajam, areas which were under between 0.5 and 1 metre of water included Kebun Sirih, the Bandar Perda junction, Jalan Padang Lalang, Desa Damai, Taman Sungai Rambai, Alma, Jalan Permatang Tinggi and Jalan Permatang Pauh. Residents in these areas had to carry their belongings, particularly electrical goods, since 6.30am after their homes were flooded with the water level reaching one metre. - Bernama.
In Indonesia, flooding occurs in places, where there are no signs of rain.

Floods hit Jakarta again after the rain falls during the first half hour. Puddle of water reaches 50 cm or knee-high adults.In front of Taman Ismail Marzuki (TIM) Jl Cikini Raya, a number of vehicles broken down in the middle of the road. A desperate taxi through the puddle is also dead in the middle of the road. So did a number of two-wheeled vehicle, died from a pool that is high enough. The high pool of water, making the area around TIM totally paralyzed... Flash floods that hit Majalaya, Bandung regency, West Java, on at 18:30 pm had subsided an hour later, and subsided by 50 centimeters. However, the water back up 30 minutes later because of water supplied from other sources in the uplands. In the flash flood at 18:30 pm, the water comes from the area Kamojang, Ibun, and takes one hour to reach Majalaya. While this time next surge comes from the main river upstream of Citarum who have Kertasari which took two hours to reach Majalaya. According to information from the volunteer post Garda Caah flood, heavy rain took place in the upstream region at 17.00... Floods which occurred in a number of areas such as the Bandung District and Sub District Dayeuhkolot Baleendah now starting to recede. At least, now home only to be submerged in the area of Kampung Cieunteung RW 20, Kelurahan Baleendah, with a height of about 30 centimeters of water, it was a result of flood water that caught the mud so that water flow is reduced gradually... Flooding caused Enrekang shipment of five four villages submerged in the village of Baba Binanga and Katomporang Village, District Patampanua, Pinrang, South Sulawesi. Floods also damaged 200 hectares of paddy crops ready for harvest, 600 hectares of corn plantations, and 500 hectares of ponds... Flood overflow that surrounded the three villages in the district. Babahrot, Kab. Aceh Barat Daya (Abdya). Hundreds of residents who previously had been evacuated to a village mosque Muspika Ie Mirah by local, since Friday (4/29) afternoon began to return to their respective homes. However, as they also worry that there would be subsequent flood, because up to yesterday afternoon, overcast weather was still blanketing the area. - Pole Shift NING.
On Friday, the Saddang River overflowed to levels never seen before in previous floods.
Two hours of rain, Saddang River overflowed. Until Friday afternoon, Lebang Village, District Cendana Enrekang, South Sulawesi, is still inundated. The amount of overflow and flood of the River Eye Saddang Allo damage galung suspension bridge in the hamlet, village Tungka. As a result, several villages and hamlets in the region is still isolated and difficult to penetrate. The impact of flood waters also have a negative impact on local agricultural area. Besides submerging hundreds of homes to local residents, flood surge also flooded the plantations for farmers who lay on the banks of the River Saddang. Revitalizing Eye River and River Allo Saddang that swallows billions budget could not banish the overflow coming from both river. "Estimation of temporary residents caused by flood losses that have occurred since last Thursday to reach hundreds of millions of dollars. Besides damaging plantations, corn, and cocoa, many citizens who participated lost cattle swept away," explains Head of the Regional Disaster Management Agency (BPBD) Enrekang Syarifuddin to Although flooding from overflowing rivers in Enrekang these two have become citizens each year subscriptions, but still the disaster became frightened people because it often comes when people are not ready. - Kompas.
In New Zealand, floods mercilessly covered major sections of the north.

Flooding has also cut off access to the top of the North Island, damaging roads and all but destroying a bridge on State Highway 1. Senior Sergeant Matt Rogers, of police northern communications, said police were alerted about 5am to damage to a small two-lane bridge on State Highway 1, 2km north of Te Kao in the Far North.  Rogers said the bridge was being held together by a piece of bitumen and was impassable. As well, the alternate routes along Ninety Mile Beach and the No 2 Arterial Road were also unable to be used at this stage, because they had been flooded by a creek in the area. Rogers said that at this stage, there had been no other calls relating to flooding in the north of the North Island. Heavy rain warnings which had been in place for Northland overnight, have since been lifted. Work is underway to repair the bridge and open State Highway 1. State Highway 2 between Napier and Wairoa was closed after a slip yesterday, and roads to Waimarama, Ocean Beach, Kairakau, Mangakuri and other settlements remain closed. - Stuff
Stay tuned. More anon.

SIGNS & SYMBOLS: Crop Circles - Silbury Hill, Avebury, Wiltshire!

The Crop Circle season seems to be picking up, as Crop Circle Connector, the international crop circle online database, has uploaded the second elaborate pattern for the year 2011. This circle appeared at Silbury Hill, near Avebury, Wiltshire and was reported on the 29th of April.

Here is an image of the pattern:

Click HERE or more aerial shots, ground shots, field reports, diagrams and articles.

PANDEMIC: Pneumonia & Influenza Deaths Rises In In El Paso?!

The dictionary defines the word PANDEMIC, as an epidemic of infectious disease that is spreading through human populations across a large region; for instance multiple continent, or even worldwide. In El Paso, Texas, an outbreak of Pneumonia and Influenza has resulted in the death toll increasing to 51. As a result, Recombinomics has been monitoring the situation in-order to figure out if this widespread endemic will move upwards from its current level of prevalence to an instable and variable infection.

However, city health officials said the number of reported cases has declined during the past several weeks. There had been 19 confirmed flu cases in El Paso in April as of Tuesday, compared with 357 in January, 302 in February and 136 in March. "There is no indication about any outbreak or any emergency situation regarding influenza of any type," said Fernando Gonzalez, the lead epidemiologist for the city Department of Public Health. The recent high number of deaths may be attributed to an increase in influenza testing, case detection and reporting by local physicians to city health officials. The additional reporting was spurred by the H1N1 pandemic last year, said officials of the city Department of Public Health. The above comments on the dramatic spike in influenza and pneumonia (P&I) deaths in El Paso in weeks 14 and 15 don’t match the data. In week 15, the 24 deaths are the highest recorded in the past 15 years in El Paso, and the spike coincides with the outbreak across the border in Juarez. The highest prior week was in 20 in week 5 in 2000, which was at the height of flu season. Today the week 16 report shows 8 more deaths, raising the three week total to 51, which again is the highest total for the past 15 years (the previous 3 week high was also in 2000 - weeks 3-5). The 51 total is far higher than the 13 reported for the same period in 2010 and much higher than the 17 reported previously this season for any consecutuive three weeks. Thus, increased testing due to last year’s H1N1 outbreak should have produced high numbers of deaths in early 2011, when influenza levels peaked, as noted above. In the P&I tables, the deaths recorded on death certificates, regardless of cause, are broken down by age, while the subset that is linked to pneumonia or influenza is presented as an aggregate. The outbreak in Juarez has been linked to H1N1 and the deaths have been almost exclusively in those under 65. An age breakdown for the P&I deaths in El Paso (and all 122 cities listed at the CDC website) would be useful. Moreover, in Juarez, the deaths have been linked to a novel H1N1 (Chihuahua sub-clade) with D225N, and PAHO has issued a H1N1 pandemic alert for North and South America. Therefore, sequence data on H1N1 from severe and fatal H1N1 cases in El Paso would be useful. - Recombinomics

NOTE: This story was submitted by Jacqueline Chasson.

GEOLOGICAL UPHEAVAL: Major Land Sinking In Vietnam!

Late last year, a local scientist in Vietnam warned that rapid urbanisation and excessive exploitation of underground water have led to an alarming land-surface subsidence in many districts around Ho Chi Minh City. Professor Le Van Trung, the director of the Geomatics Center of the Vietnam National University of Ho Chi Minh City, declared that the pace of land sinking has recently accelerated due to rapid urbanisation and unchecked exploitation of underground water. According to Trung, areas vulnerable to land-surface subsidence include Thu Duc and Binh Chanh districts, as well as districts 6, 7, and 8 with an average sinking rate of over 10 millimeters a year. His warnings came after an 18 months and VND10-billion project using Dynamic Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar, or Insar technology, to detect and measure the ground surface deformation around the city.

Two days ago, a major land sinking was experienced near the region, that Professor Trung had issued the warning about. Have a look at the following image:

A landslide occurred on the route to avoid construction sewage irrigation on De La Giang Bui Xa in Bui Xa Commune, Duc Tho - Ha Tinh caused a four car seats were buried. Moment on, the car bearing number plate 38A 001.74 via the ramp to avoid building sewage irrigation, dike La Giang Bui Xa Commune when suddenly the large land base has a length of about 20m and subsidence were tumbled deep into the lake pulling a car. 5 people sitting in the car were lucky to escape, but the car was crushed rock. Immediately after the occurrence of accidents, traffic police Duc Tho police were present at the scene to establish the causes and barriers, prohibiting the transport through this road. - Tin 24/7.

PLANETARY TREMORS: 5 Quakes in 24 Hours Jolts Kazakhstan!

Here's a report from the Turkish Weekly, of consistent seismic tremors along the uplift of the folded thrust belt mountain range of Europe and Asia, at Kazakhstan. The evidence from European and United States seismological monitoring, points to tectonic plate movements and possible subduction of the oceanic seafloor near the numerous island arcs and microcontinental blocks that formulates the region.

Two more earthquakes measuring 3.4 and 4.8 points on the Richter scale were registered in southeast Kazakhstan on Sunday, bringing the total number of tremors to five in the last twenty-four hours, the European Mediterranean Seismological Center reported. The latest earthquake was registered at 3:13 p.m. local time, with its epicenter located 85 km (53 miles) to the east of Almaty, the country's former capital, the European seismologists said.
The first earthquake with a magnitude of 5.5 points struck southeast Kazakhstan at 08:31 a.m. local time on Sunday, with its epicenter located 76 km (47 miles) to the northeast of Almaty at a depth of 20 km. The second tremor with a magnitude of 4.0 points occurred at 09:05 a.m. local time 75 km from Almaty. The third earthquake had a magnitude of 3.2 points on the Richter scale and struck at 10:07 a.m. local time also 75 km from Almaty. The next tremor was registered at 13:41 local time 68 km (42 miles) to the northeast of Almay. No casualties or destruction have been reported so far. - Turkish Weekly.

MASS ANIMAL DIE-OFF: Many Endangered Species - The Catastrophic Extinction of Cuckoos, Nightingales and Turtle Doves, Experts Claim!

Whether you believe it or not, but this planet, much like all the other planets in our solar system is going through what I believe is a geological upheaval. Worst, the daily news headlines seems to be pointing towards an extinction level event. If you don't believe, then have a read of the following story:

Some of Britain's most cherished spring visitors are disappearing in their thousands. Ornithologists say species such as the cuckoo, nightingale and turtle dove are undergoing catastrophic drops in numbers, although experts are puzzled about the exact reasons for these declines. The warning, from the RSPB, comes as the songs of the cuckoo, nightingale and wood warbler herald the return of spring. In the case of the cuckoo – "the simple bird that thinks two notes a song", according to the poet William Henry Davies – its call has become synonymous with the arrival of warm weather. It is the quintessential bird of spring. Yet there is now a real risk that, with other migrant birds from Africa, it may no longer make its annual appearance in our woodlands, said Dr Danaë Sheehan, a senior RSPB conservation scientist. The call of the cuckoo could be silenced in the near future unless scientists can unravel the causes of the drastic decline in their population, she said. According to Sheehan, numbers of migrant birds from Africa have declined dramatically in the UK since 1995. For turtle doves the figure is 71%; nightingales, 53%; and cuckoos, 44%. "That is a very significant and very worrying decline," she added. "The real problem is that there are so many different possible causes for these losses – which makes it difficult to tease out the factors involved in their decline and to prepare plans to put things right. These losses could be the result of changes in farmland use in Britain which are affecting the way these birds breed when they arrive here in spring. Or they could be due to the spread of human populations in Africa and the destruction of natural habitats where they make their homes in winter. "Climate change is almost certainly involved as well. Our problem is to unravel those different causes and assess how they interact." - The Guardian.

EARTH CHANGES: March 2011 Ice Extent Second Lowest on Record!

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), this year, the Earth experienced the 13th warmest March since record keeping began in 1880, as the climate phenomenon La Niña continued to be a significant factor.  The annual maximum Arctic sea ice extent was reached on March 7 and tied with 2006 as the smallest annual maximum extent since record keeping began in 1979.

In the Arctic Ocean and adjacent polar seas, the area covered by sea ice grows and shrinks over the course of the year. Sea ice reaches its largest extent at the end of winter (late February to early March) and its smallest extent in September, at the end of summer. Average Arctic sea ice extent for the month of March 2011 was the second lowest in the satellite record (behind 2006), according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center. The NSIDC reported that sea ice extent reached its yearly maximum on March 7. Covering an estimated 5.65 million square miles (14.64 million square kilometers), the extent tied for the lowest winter maximum extent in the satellite record. Arctic sea ice maximum extent has decreased by 2.7 percent per decade since 1979, a much smaller decline than the 11.5 percent per decade drop in the September minimum. The relatively small decline in winter maximum extent, however, does not mean the ice is fully recovering each winter from dramatic summer melting. Strong summer melting in the past decade has reduced the core of thick ice that manages to survive all year long. Spring ice cover has become increasingly dominated by young and generally thinner ice that formed over the previous months. Most of the thin, first-year ice melts again in the summer. - NOAA Climate Watch.

The study also found that global land surface temperature was 1.49 F (0.83 C) above the 20th century average of 40.8 F (5.0 C), and tied for the 12th warmest March on record. Warmer-than-average conditions occurred across most of Siberia, southwestern Greenland, southern North America, and most of Africa. Cooler-than-average regions included: most of Australia, the western half of Canada, most of Mongolia, China, and southeastern Asia. The March global ocean surface temperature was 0.65 F (0.36 C) above the 20th century average of 60.7 F (15.9 C), making it the 12th warmest March on record. The warmth was most pronounced in the equatorial Atlantic, the western Pacific Ocean, and across the Southern Hemisphere mid-latitudes. For the year so far, the combined global land and ocean average surface temperature was 0.77 F (0.43 C) above the 20th century average of 54.1 F (12.3 C), making it the 14th warmest such period on record. The year-to-date worldwide land surface temperature was 1.08 F (0.60 C) above the 20th century average – the 21st warmest such period on record.

MYSTERY: Japan's Tsunami - How It Happened?

It's been over a month now since the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan, that killed over 10,000 people. With more than 20,000 persons still missing and countless others injured, experts are still trying to wrap their heads around the generation, propagation and progression of the tsunami waves. The following video playlist seeks to provide some understanding of this, Japan's complex undersea fault system and what this mean for us all.

More than 17,440 people are listed as missing, and 2,775 as injured. Hundreds of thousands remain homeless.

Japan's Tsunami: How It Happened , investigates the science behind the earthquake and tsunami that has devastated Japan. It takes viewers on a journey with Professor of Geological Sciences Roger Bilham -- in Japan only days after the earthquake struck. The programme follows Roger as he sets off on a mission to view the devastation from the air. In the magnitude 9 earthquake Japan shifted a full 12 feet towards the US.

MASS ANIMAL DIE-OFF: An Endangered Species - The EXTINCTION Of American Hibernating Bats As White-Nose Syndrome Kills 10,000 Bats!

In April, I reported that biologists across the United States had declared that the bat population is declining rapidly and could become an endangered species. They believed that the preceding winter continued the decimation of several of the hibernating species, as the deadly White-Nose Syndrome spreads to more than a dozen states. The syndrome, named for the sugary smudges of fungus seen on the noses and wings of hibernating bats, has killed over 1 million bats since 2006.

News coming out of Pennsylvania of the death of nearly 10,000 dead bats in a cave in Durham.

Of the 10,000 bats that have hibernated in an abandoned mine in Upper Bucks County for generations, only about 200 are still alive, officials said Friday. Durham's bats became infected with White Nose Syndrome, a mysterious disease that's killing off bat colonies at an alarming rate from Vermont to Virginia. In late March, Game Commission biologist Greg Turner checked in on the bats hidden in the hillside of Upper Bucks and found near devastation. "We're looking at a 99 percent decline," he said. And the bat deaths might continue. "There's a few survivors. Hopefully, the ones that are there will survive." -

As I reported then, a new study from the Science Magazine entitled The Economic Importance of Bats in Agriculture, evidence is shown that bats provide a very important pest-control service to the agriculture community, where in the United States insect-eating bats provide between $3.7 billion to $53 billion annually in insect control to agriculture. “Bats eat tremendous quantities of flying pest insects, so the loss of bats is likely to have long-term effects on agricultural and ecological systems,” said Justin Boyles, lead author of the study and researcher with the University of Pretoria, a US Geological Survey news release notes. “Consequently, not only is the conservation of bats important for the well-being of ecosystems, but it is also in the best interest of national and international economies.” This could have a severe and harmful effect, since the lost of insectivorous bats would be costly for farmers, the industry and the environment.

MASS ANIMAL DIE-OFF: Monster Whale dead on New Zealand beach!

Yesterday, I highlighted news of 14 dead penguins found washed up on the East Coast of New Zealand. Today, news breaks about the discovery of the first massive blue whale in 30 years, washing up dead on another New Zealand beach.

Waiinu Beach in South Taranaki was the final destination for huge sea monsters as two giant whales washed ashore in the past three days. Residents of Waitotara were surprised to discover what is believed to be a dead 22.3m-long pygmy blue whale washed up on the beach, about 1.5km south of the river mouth, sometime on late Friday night or early Saturday morning. A Wanganui Department of Conservation spokesman said if this was a pygmy blue whale, it was a rare specimen and the only one of its kind to have washed up on this coastline for at least 30 years. Then overnight Sunday a large sperm whale stranded itself on the beach. Unable to re-float the large mammal, DOC staff had to put the sperm whale down. - Stuff.