Sunday, October 16, 2011

THE GREAT DELUGE: Immense Flooding Disaster in Thailand!

More than two months of floods and 8 million people affected, the disaster in Thailand is immense; the aid effort a challenge.

Much of the effort appears to be internally driven. Thais across the country are donating food, water and clothing to help their countrymen in the worst-hit areas. Donations have far surpassed previous years. Floods happen every year here, but these are the worst in half a century and have left at least 283 dead. The Thai military and aid groups share the responsibility of distributing the life-saving supplies. In the ancient city of Ayutthara, one of the worst-hit regions, military trucks move slowly down the main street, cutting through a constant river of water, passing out aid to those who can get close. Anyone who has a boat is using it to transport aid or to help neighbors carrying their possessions as water levels rise and engulf homes. Those who don't have a boat are making do with rubber tires or even slabs of Styrofoam. There is a true sense of teamwork between the communities.

The Bangkok suburb of Sam Kok is sandwiched between the overflowing Chao Phraya River and the 2.5-meter floodwalls that are so far successfully protecting the inner and commercial part of the capital. The water here has nowhere to go and levels are rising fast. La Sinsap, 60, has had to move into the local temple as his house is completely submerged. He says the situation is dire and help is not getting there fast enough to those who don't live on the main street. "It's very bad around here," he told CNN. "We don't have enough to eat." Temples are playing a significant role in the disaster. Thailand is overwhelmingly Buddhist and many temples, although flooded themselves, have some dry floors on higher ground and have opened their doors to those in need. Monk Somkuan Thanajaro says it will take a long time to fix the waterlogged temple where Sinsap is staying.

Huge Buddhas sit in stagnant water along what was once a river bank. The worry is if the water doesn't recede soon, the damage to these historic monuments could be permanent. But Thanajaro's first concern is helping his community, many of whom are now sleeping in the temple. "Whenever we get donations, we share it all with the villagers," he says. The international community is responding to the disasters playing out across Thailand. China has donated $1.5 million and the United States $1 million. The U.S. is also sending 26 helicopters to help the relief effort, invaluable as more roads turn to rivers and become impassable. United Nations agencies also are on standby, activating their assessment teams and contingency planning in Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam, according to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. The World Health Organization has offered emergency health kits
. - CNN.
WATCH: Raw Video - US Responds to Thailand Flooding.

WATCH: Nervous Bangkok on alert for floods.

WATCH: Panic buying in Bangkok as officials try to prevent flooding.

MYSTERY: Symbols of an Alien Sky, Man-Made or Natural Phenomena - The Latest UFO Sightings And Aerial Anomalies Around The World?!

Here are several of the latest unidentified flying objects (UFOs) seen recently across the globe.

Strange unidentified flying object with two flashing lights was seen and recorded slowly flying above Sweden on Friday, 14th October 2011.

WATCH: UFO hovering in the sky above Sweden.

This footage of unknown lights in the sky above Madrid in Spain was recorded on Thursday, 13th October 2011.

WATCH: UFO activity in the sky above Madrid, Spain.

UFOs seen over Ireland. The video capture was posted on Youtube on October 14th, 2011.

WATCH: UFO caught on camera over Ireland.

Images taken from NASA's Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) program, captures strange anomalous objects near to the Sun.

WATCH: UFOs near the Sun, makes news in China.

WATCH: Large UFOs near the Sun.

MONUMENTAL EARTH CHANGES: Climate Change & End of Australia!

"Welcome to Australia, the petri dish of climate change."

In the following selected excerpts from an article published in the political section of Rolling Stone, Jeff Goodell delivers a most frightening piece on  the devastating impact of Earth changes on Australia. An interesting and eye-opening read, if you still have not come to grips with the escalating and monumental changes happening to the climate.

Want to know what global warming has in store for us? Just go to Australia, where rivers are drying up, reefs are dying, and fires and floods are ravaging the continent. I have come to Australia to see what a global-warming future holds for this most vulnerable of nations, and Mother Nature has been happy to oblige: Over the course of just a few weeks, the continent has been hit by a record heat wave, a crippling drought, bush fires, floods that swamped an area the size of France and Germany combined, even a plague of locusts. "In many ways, it is a disaster of biblical proportions," Andrew Fraser, the Queensland state treasurer, told reporters. He was talking about the floods in his region, but the sense that Australia – which maintains one of the highest per-capita carbon footprints on the planet – has summoned up the wrath of the climate gods is everywhere. "Australia is the canary in the coal mine," says David Karoly, a top climate researcher at the University of Melbourne. "What is happening in Australia now is similar to what we can expect to see in other places in the future."

"Welcome to Australia, the petri dish of climate change," an Aussie friend e-mailed me the day before. "Stay safe."  In the past year – one of the hottest on record – extreme weather has battered almost every corner of the planet. There have been devastating droughts in China and India, unprecedented floods and wildfires in the United States, and near-record ice melts in the Arctic. Yet the prosperous nations of the world have failed to take action to reduce the risk of climate change, in part because people in prosperous nations think they're invulnerable. They're under the misapprehension that, as Nobel Prize-winning economist Tom Schelling puts it, "Global warming is a problem that is going to primarily affect future generations of poor people." To see how foolish this reasoning is, one need only look at Australia, a prosperous nation that also happens to be right in the cross hairs of global warming. "Sadly, it's probably too late to save much of it," says Joe Romm, a leading climate advocate who served as assistant energy secretary in the Clinton administration.

This is not to say that the entire continent will sink beneath the waves anytime soon. What is likely to vanish – or be transformed beyond recognition – are many of the things we think of when we think of Australia: the barrier reef, the koalas, the sense of the country as a land of almost limitless natural resources. Instead, Australia is likely to become hotter, drier and poorer, fractured by increasing tensions over access to water, food and energy as its major cities are engulfed by the rising seas. To climate scientists, it's no surprise that Australia would feel the effects of climate change so strongly, in part because it has one of the world's most variable climates. "One effect of increasing greenhouse-gas levels in the atmosphere is to amplify existing climate signals," says Karoly. "Regions that are dry get drier, and regions that are wet get wetter. If you have a place like Australia that is already extreme, those extremes just get more pronounced." Adding to Australia's vulnerability is its close connection with the sea. Australia is the only island continent on the planet, which means that changes caused by planet-warming pollution – warmer seas, which can drive stronger storms, and more acidic oceans, which wreak havoc on the food chain – are even more deadly here.

How bad could it get? A recent study by MIT projects that without "rapid and massive action" to cut carbon pollution, the Earth's temperature could soar by nine degrees this century. "There are no analogies in human history for a temperature jump of that size in such a short time period," says Tony McMichael, an epidemiologist at Australian National University. The few times in human history when temperatures fell by seven degrees, he points out, the sudden shift likely triggered a bubonic plague in Europe, caused the abrupt collapse of the Moche civilization in Peru and reduced the entire human race to as few as 1,000 breeding pairs after a volcanic eruption blocked out the sun some 73,000 years ago. "We think that because we are a technologically sophisticated society, we are less vulnerable to these kinds of dramatic shifts in climate," McMichael says. "But in some ways, because of the interconnectedness of our world, we are more vulnerable."

With nine degrees of warming, computer models project that Australia will look like a disaster movie. Habitats for most vertebrates will vanish. Water supply to the Murray-Darling Basin will fall by half, severely curtailing food production. Rising sea levels will wipe out large parts of major cities and cause hundreds of billions of dollars worth of damage to coastal homes and roads. The Great Barrier Reef will be reduced to a pile of purple bacterial slime. Thousands of people will die from heat waves and other extreme weather events, as well as mosquito-borne infections like dengue fever. Depression and suicide will become even more common among displaced farmers and Aborigines. Dr. James Ross, medical director for Australia's Remote Area Health Corps, calls climate change "the number-one challenge for human health in the 21st century."
Read the rest of this very interesting article HERE.

EARTH CHANGES: Peanut Butter Price Jumps After Worst Peanut Harvest In 30 Years - Due To Severely Extreme Weather Changes!

According to information coming out of the latest financial reports, it is highly recommend that consumers stock up on peanut butter, as it is expected that prices of the food paste will skyrocket soon. This is because of  an immense shortage in supply of peanuts, due in large part, to the effects from Earth changes.

Wholesale prices for big-selling Jif are going up 30% starting in November, while Peter Pan will raise prices as much as 24% in a couple weeks...Skippy [prices] are 30% to 35% higher than a year ago. Kraft Foods Inc., which launched Planters peanut butter in June, is raising prices 40% on Oct. 31 - Wall Street Journal.
If you thought living on peanut butter and jelly sandwiches could get you through the recession, think again. The sandwich spread is seeing a major price hike. Thanks to a failing peanut crop due to last summer's scorching hot weather, there's a shortage of peanuts in supply. Big brands like Peter Pan, Jif and Smucker's are left with little choice but to raise prices, reports the Wall Street Journal. The price jumps range from 24 to 40 percent, with Jif planning to raise prices by 30 percent in November and Peter Pan by up to 24 percent in the coming weeks, reports MarketWatch Radio. So far, the Wall Street Journal says, USDA figures show the cost of a ton of unprocessed peanuts has spiked from $450 to $1,150 since last year. Researchers at New Mexico State University told ABC KOAT News that high heat, strong winds and bone-dry conditions created the worst peanut season in more than 30 years. Peanut butter is consumed in 90 percent of U.S. households. Americans consume on average over 1.5 million pounds of peanut butter and peanut products each year, notes to the National Peanut Board. The peanut crop is not the only commodity to suffer from severe weather conditions. French wine and Italian pasta are some other endangered national exports impacted by climate change. Last week, a report claimed chocolate could become a luxury item if farmers in West Africa didn't adapt to the warming climate. - Huffington Post.

GLOBAL VOLCANISM: Large Lava Eruption at Sakurajima Volcano!

Sakurajima, one of Japan's most active volcanoes, located at the Aira caldera at the northern half of Kagoshima Bay has been erupting and exploding since April 28th, with voluminous outbursts of lava, often accompanied by blue flashes, plasma discharge and lightning storms. The volcano, which is compose of three peaks, Kitadake to the north, Nakadake in its centre and Minamidake at the south is located at Kagoshima Bay, with a surface of 77 square kilometres, and rising to 1,117 metres or 3,665 feet above sea level. Sakurajima formulates part of the Aira caldera and had its most powerful eruption in 1914, which killed 35 people. The volcano has been quite active since the 1950s, erupting constantly.The construction of Sakurajima began about 13,000 years ago on the southern rim of Aira caldera and built an island that was finally joined to the Osumi Peninsula during the major explosive and effusive eruption of 1914. Activity at the Kita-dake summit cone ended about 4850 years ago, after which eruptions took place at Minamidake. Frequent historical eruptions, recorded since the 8th century, have deposited ash on the Kagoshima Prefecture, one of Kyushu's largest cities, located across Kagoshima Bay only 8 km from the summit. The largest historical eruption took place during 1471-76.

Concerns are now mounting in Japan, as the volcano has been showing increased levels of intensity. The following report is a rough translation from Asahi regarding actions being undertaken to deal with the possibilities of a major eruption.
Meteorological Agency Coordinating Committee for Prediction of Volcanic Eruptions on the 11th, volcanic activity around the country, and Sakurajima in Kyushu future status report that summarizes the concerns have intensified volcanic activity... and Sakura Island is currently eruption alert level 3 regulations are made Iriyama... the eruption began in earnest in late January, has erupted repeatedly since then. The agency Global Positioning System (GPS) with a near continuous observations. Damari is in the basement of magma several kilometers northwest of..., but shrank rapidly after the eruption of January through February 1, has been found that the continued expansion thereafter. According to the same meeting, the underground magma, the magma emitted more than half of the eruption, which is seen as a new supply. Therefore, there is potential for future explosive eruptions, such that we need to be wary of cinder and ash. Meanwhile, Showa crater of Sakurajima, on September 45th of June, the number of explosive eruptions, including those to increase 204 times. Will increase the supply of magma, there could be more active eruption, volcanic and pyroclastic flows that need to be vigilant.
Meanwhile, the latest Weekly Volcanic Activity Report from the Smithsonian's Global Volcanism Program and the US Geological Survey's Volcano Hazards Program, provides the following report on the active composite volcano.
Based on information from JMA, the Tokyo VAAC reported that during 5-11 October explosions from Sakura-jima produced plumes that rose to altitudes of 1.2-3 km (4,000-10,000 ft) a.s.l. and drifted NW, N, SE, and S. During 6-8 October pilots observed ash plumes that rose to altitudes of 1.8-3.7 km (6,000-12,000 ft) a.s.l. Geologic Summary. Sakura-jima, one of Japan's most active volcanoes, is a post-caldera cone of the Aira caldera at the northern half of Kagoshima Bay. Eruption of the voluminous Ito pyroclastic flow was associated with the formation of the 17 x 23-km-wide Aira caldera about 22,000 years ago. The construction of Sakura-jima began about 13,000 years ago and built an island that was finally joined to the Osumi Peninsula during the major explosive and effusive eruption of 1914. Activity at the Kita-dake summit cone ended about 4,850 years ago, after which eruptions took place at Minami-dake. Frequent historical eruptions, recorded since the 8th century, have deposited ash on Kagoshima, one of Kyushu's largest cities, located across Kagoshima Bay only 8 km from the summit. The largest historical eruption took place during 1471-76.
WATCH: Closed-circuit television monitoring of the Sakurajima volcano showing large lava eruptions.