NICE PLANET: The air in India's capital city is so bad that Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal describes it as a "gas chamber". Foreign diplomats and anyone else who is able are getting out of town. |READ MORE| VISIT MAIN MAP HERE
UPDATE: BURNING | NEW NORMAL:
December: SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA 200,000 civilians have been evacuated as a fast moving, wind driven conflagration scorched large swaths of the Los Angeles area, Santa Barbara and Ventura County. Thousands of homes and buildings have been destroyed with more than 200,000 acres consumed.
Mid-October: PORTUGAL AND NORTHERN SPAIN Winds driven by Hurricane Ophelia are whipping up hundreds of fires following an unusually hot and dry summer.
OCTOBER 11: NAPA AND SONOMA COUNTY ON FIRE 24 dead, Tens of thousands have been evacuated and homes and businesses burned as wildfires consumed upwards of 100,000 acres in Napa and Sonoma Counties, CA. |READ|
Summer: MONTANA BURNS AND FEW NOTICE Over 500,000 acres have been lost to wildfires this summer. Four thousand firefighters, 125 aircraft and 350 Montana National Guard troops have battled 40 fires that burned 655,171 acres. The historic Sperry Chalet burned to the ground in the Sprague fire in late August.
July: CROATIA/MONTENEGRO BURNING Adriatic coastal areas in Croatia and Montenegro are consumed by wildfires as high temps and winds drive torch tens of thousands of acres across Southern Europe.
July: EASTERN SIBERIA BURNING Forest fires in Siberia grew by 1,000 hectares in one day, now covering a total of 24,000 hectares. Also affected are the regions of Sakhalin, Kamchatka, Buryatia and Krasnoyarsk Regions.
July: GREEK ISLANDS BURNING About 20 forest fires are burning across the western Peloponnese in Greece.
July: CALIFORNIA/YOSEMITE Ongoing massive Detwiler forest fire on the western edge of Yosemite as the town of Mariposa is evacuated.
July: CACHE CREEK, BRITISH COLUMBIA At least 200 forest fires followed May flooding in central British Columbia, as more than 14,000 people are forced to evacuate.
July: SOUTHERN FRANCE BURNING 10,000 residents and vacationers were evacuated from beaches and campsites in the Riviera and coastal Southern France.
July: ITALY BURNING More than 1,000 wildfires threatened beaches and neighborhoods in Rome and the port of Ostia in central Italy.
Europe is experiencing three times the normal number of forest fires this year, with 677 this year (215 is the average).
UPDATE: NEW NORMAL NEWS:
RIGHT WHALES ARE IN THE PROCESS OF GOING EXTINCT: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reports that only ab out 450 Right Whales remain in the North Atlantic, with 17 having died this year. Without some sort of concerted action, the specied will be extinct soon, with only about 100 breeding females remaining.
GREAT SALT LAKE IS DISAPPEARING: Over-development and other human activities are causing an accelerated shrinking of the Great Salt Lake in Utah, a process which began about the times white people arrived in the middle of the nineteenth century. It joins the Aral Sea, Salton Sea and Lake Urmia in the growing pantheon of disappearing waters. Others, such as Lake Poopo in the Andes, are gone for good. |READ|.
NATURE SCIENTIFIC REPORTS MORE BAD NEWS ON GLOBAL WARMING: The eminent science journal reports that human contribution increased again in 2017 and is continuing to accelerate. The research averages out cyclical drivers such as El Nino.
EUROPE AND ARKANSAS? ON THE WEED KILLER WARPATH: the European Union did not re-authorize glyphosate weedkiller (better know by Monsanto's brand name RoundUp) as at lease some countries reexamine claims that the stuff is toxic. Even more surprising is the decision by Arkansas regulators to ban dicamba due to widespread crop damage caused by drifting into downwind fields. The boys at Monsanto, BASF and Dupont are saying they don't have to put up with this injustice.
TOXIC PLASTIC COVERS 40% OF OCEAN'S SERVICE:It's as if a new garbage truck dumped a load of plastic waste into the ocean every minute of every day. 12 million tons of new garbage a year, accumulating across the seas and at every level. Billions of tons of plastic fragments and trash now take up about 40% of the ocean's area.
|READ|KEYSTONE PIPELINE GUSHING OIL AGAIN: As reported by Fox News and also the media: At least 210,000 gallons of oil leaked out of the Keystone Pipeline in South Dakota.
The pipeline operators and oil/gas companies continue to assure us that their modern technology prevents these disasters. Except for this one.
And the one last year. And the oil spill in the Gulf last month that no one heard about (670,000 gallons give or take a few - the worst since Deepwater Horizon).
Trump issued a permit to extend this project in March.
15,000 SCIENTISTS ISSUE RENEWED WARNING TO HUMANITY ON ENVIRONMENTAL COLLAPSE: "Humanity has failed to make sufficient progress in generally solving these foreseen environmental challenges, and alarmingly, most of them are getting far worse. Soon it will be too late to shift course away from our failing trajectory."
EXTENDED "POLLUTION EMERGENCY" IN NEW DELHI, INDIA DUE TO TOXIC SMOG: The government has begun spraying water from aircraft in an effort to reduce dangerous levels of dense smog that have settled over the capital.
MASSIVE LAND DEGRADATION IN AFRICA DRIVEN BY GLOBAL WARMING AND HUMAN IMPACT: NASA satellites show a large scale decline in fertile lands across Africa, with more than 40 million people on the move. Some studies predict an end of century population of 4 billion for the continent.
CONTROLLING THE MESSAGE: An alarming report on dangerous anthropomorphic climate change was released Friday by the federal National Climate Assessment. The report has been mandated by law wince the 1990s and may have slipped through the cracks of the adminstration, of which there are many.
MORE NASTY PETRO NEWS: Royal Dutch Shell has gotten round to cleaning up a toxic fishing village, ten years after two major oil spill on the Niger River. It was another million gallon spill you never yeard of.
NEW 672,000 GAL GULF OIL SPILL PRETTY MUCH IGNORED: A pipeline cracked a mile below the surface of the Gulf of Mexico in early October, releasing about 672,000 gallons of oil 65 miles south of New Orleans. Because of the location, almost no one saw it.
ABANDONED OIL WELL BEGINS LEAKING IN COLORADO: If the owner can't be found, guess who pays for the cleanup?
CO2 LEVELS BLEW THROUGH THE ROOF IN 2016 Atmospheric CO2 concentrations hit a new high in 2016 according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). The average level for the year was 403 PPM, highest in 800,000 years. So, you know, cyclical.
WILDFIRES BURN THROUGH 25% OF CHAPADA DOS VEADERIROS PARK (BRAZIL) The largest fire in the preserve's history was started by humans but driven by a record drought.
EFFECTS OF OCEAN ACIDIFICATION: Changing ocean chemistry is affecting marine organisms already, with conditions expected to get worse as the seas absorb increasing amounts of CO2. Among the observed effects are decreased rate of skeletal growth in reef-building corals, reduced ability of small crustaceans and fish larvae to develop a protective shell, reduced survival of commercial fish and shell fish larvae. |READ MORE| strong>AS SENATE GOES AFTER THE ARCTIC WILDLIFE REFUGE AGAIN, BP SHOWS IT HASN'T LEARNED ANYTHING FROM DEEPWATER HORIZON: More toxic spills and leaks than ever in BP's Alaska operation, as dozens of safety violations and accidents come to light. Since the company started drilling in Prudhoe Bay in 1968, its operations in Alaska and elsewhere have resulted in a series of devastating accidents. Explosions at a Texas City refinery in 2005 killed 15 people and injured 180 more. Following a 2006 oil spill in Prudhoe Bay, the company had to pay millions in fees.
AN ALARMING DECLINE IN INSECT POPULATION: A new study describes "dramatic" and "alarming" drops in insect populations in German nature preserves. The 27 year study was in non-agricultural areas, which means the bugs should not have been subjected to heavy doses of insecticide. The decline was more than 75% over the quarter century.
AN OIL RIG BLEW UP IN LAKE PONCHARTRAIN One missing and seven injured.
RECORD BREAKING JELLYFISH INCURSION WIPES OUT IRISH SALMON FARMS: Swarms of stinger jellyfish have wiped out large stocks of salmon in fish farms on the west coast of Ireland, killing 80% of the stock. Jellyfish are only one of the invasive species moving toward the Arctic as waters warm.
CHILE'S WORST DROUGHT IN HISTORY: Weather patterns continue to change in Patagonia and farmers are feeling the pressure as the southern nation continues to dry out. |READ|
NEONICOTINOIS PESTICIDES NOW FOUND IN HONEY BEE ON EVERY CONTINENT: Science Magazine reports the pesticides widely considered a cause of honeybee colony collapse have shown up in tests on every continent except Antarctica.
"On the global scale, the contamination is really striking," - study coauthor Edward Mitchell, University of Neuchâtel in Switzerland. |READ|
COD AND HADDOCK CONTINUE MIGRATING TOWARD THE ARCTIC: The UK is losing its stocks of commercial cod and haddock and is preparing for an invasion of warm water species from 500 miles south. That is really going to screw things up.
THE CLOSEST THING TO CANNIBALISM: Grauer's Gorilla populations in Africa have been reduced by 80% and face extinction due to bushmeat hunters from mining camps in Congo.
"Climate change is already affecting security both at home and around the world, so we must make sure that we take the greenhouse gas emissions from energy into account, lest we trade increased energy security today for a warmer, more unstable world in the future." - Ret. Marine Brigadier General Stephen A. Cheney, July 2017.
RAINFALL PATTERNS ARE DECREASING IN SOUTHERN EUROPE: Glaciers are shrinking and mountain resorts are closing early as lake dry up in Italy, Greece and the Balkans.
MALDIVE REEFS COLLAPSING: Biosphere Expeditions resports that Coral reefs in the Maldives island system in the Indian Ocean is in the midst of a catastrophic decline. Bleaching caused by warming oceans is exacerbated by over-fishing and tourism development. The archipelego itself is expected to be covered by the ocean in 30 years.
"It's irrational, like someone has been asleep for 10 years and refuses to wake up."
CLEAN ENERGY GROWING BY LEAPS AND BOUNDS IN SOUTH AMERICA: Latin American nations such as Chile and even Agentina are rapidly expanding their clean energy grid with massive solar and wind installations. South America has increased its renewable energy output 10X since 2004. In response to Trump's pullout from the Paris Agreement, James Lee Standcamplano head of business development for Italy's Enel Green Power said: "It's irrational, like someone has been asleep for 10 years and refuses to wake up."
PLANETARY PLASTIC MESS KEEPS GROWING: Humans have created 9 billion tons of plastic since 1950, with half of that production taking place in the last 13 years. According to the University of California research, the problem is only getting worse, because plastic is extremely slow to break down and huge percentages get discarded rather than reycled. A new plastic vortex similar to the Pacific Garbage Patch Gyre was just discovered off the coast of Chile.
TWO PIPELINE EXPLOSIONS DECEMBER 5/6, ONE FATAL: A natural gas (methane) pipeline buried beneath a farm field near Dixon, IL blew up and killed a farmer and his son, who were working in the field. In New Mexico, a pipeline explosion on an Enterprise Products line caused an evacuation, fear and confusion early Wednesday morning.
Anyone ever see a solar panel blowup?
CLIMATE DENIER FLIPS:
Jerry Taylor was a formidable paid climate denier at the CatO Institute, part of a systematic fossil-fuel-financed juggernaut that existed for the sole purpose of confusing the rubes. Now, after a science driven epiphany, he has changed his mind big time. |READ|
1. GLOBAL WARMING: 2016 WAS THE WARMEST YEAR ON RECORD (By A Wide Margin): Both NASA and NOAA report that for the third straight year, the planet has marked a new global heat record.
"What's going on in the Arctic is really very impressive; this year was ridiculously off the chart," said Gavin A. Schmidt, head of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies.
JAN 7 THE DEEP FISSURE CUTTING ACROSS LARSEN C ICE SHELF RIPPED THROUGH ANOTHER 11 MILES IN DECEMBER The ice shelves, which hold back land based glaciers, are melting from below by rapidly warming oceans |READ| NOVEMBER 2016 SEA ICE EXTENT DIPS BELOW ALL TIME LOW
SEPTEMBER BLOWS AWAY GLOBAL TEMP RECORDS FOR 17th CONSECUTIVE MONTH
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has announced September 2016 as the hottest September on record. Accelerating Atmospheric CO2 Levels Are The Worst In 66 Million Years Two new climate reports were issued in late March and one was worse than the other. |READ|
A. 2015 was the hottest year on record as reported by NOAA, NASA and Berkeley Earth.
|READ| 2014 was the previous hottest year on record globally.
See our synopsis of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration July 2015 report.
Other organizations that "believe" in global warming:
US Navy US Coastguard | MunichRe | NASA | Alberta Provincial Government
B. Arctic temps are blowing the doors off heat records, increasing at twice the planetary rate. |READ|
C. Drought/ Desertification
California is the poster child for drought | flood | drought patterns. The 2016 El Nino has not made much of a dent in the historic drought
Iran is undergoing rapid desertification and groundwater depletion
E. Coral Reef Destruction
F. Unprecedented Wildfires become a constant threat in the entire western half of North America, eastern Siberia, Chile and Australia.
G. Permanent weather disruption: The UN reports that incidents of extreme weather events have become a daily occurence.
22 Cat 4 / Cat 5 cyclones hit the Pacific Basin in 2015, smashing the previous record of 18.
Wren, Robin and Sparrow habitats are moving rapidly northwards, with traditional migration patterns already significantly disrupted.
J. Phillipines are enduring a record drought and famine in the north.
K. Louisiana continues to sink into the Gulf at the rate of about a football field of land per HOUR.
L. A three year Caribbean drought is threatening Haiti with starvation for 1.5 million. According the UN, the numbers have doubled over the past six months.
M. India continues to break all time heat records as an epic drought sucks up severely depleted water supplies. The country is experiencing an epidemic of drought related suicides.
N. Marshall Islands are being engulfed by the Pacific |READ|
O. Rain Bombs or "microbursts" are downward blasts of wind and water with impact of a tornado in radius up to 2.5 miles wide. |READ|
P. Climate Refugees The indigenous inhabitants of Isle de Jean Charle, LA and Shishmaref, Alaska join the islanders of the Pacific and millions in North Africa compelled to leave their homes by heat and rising seas. |READ|
2. OCEAN ECOSYSTEM COLLAPSE
As oceans absorb more CO2, water becomes more acid, so far affecting oysters, lobsters and shellfish.
C. Warming waters magnify the effects of disease and increase the pace of acidification.
D. GLOBAL CORAL REEF CATASTROPHE: Marine biologists are tracking unprecedented bleaching events at the Great Barrier Reef, Lakshadweep Archipelago (India) and Florida.
China cited for massive destruction to Spratly Islands reefs.
E. Fisheries Collapse: Illegal bottom trawlers are stripping the oceans of fish and all other marine life |READ|
F. Toxic Plastic Gyres of micro plastics the size of continents are poisoning marine life and sea birds
G. Oxygen Depletion Is Increasing In Ocean Waters:+ no longer limited to so called "dead zones" in coastal regions, low oxygen areas are increasing along with temperatures.READ
H. Scientists are reporting that whale sharks are disappearing from the oceans, with the remaining population dwindling in size.
I. The kelp forest off western Australia has died off in a heat wave, wrecking another key ecosystem.
J. The Chinese have laid waste to reef systems in the South China Sea, destroying an ecosystem that will not recover for centuries.
K. Tasmania's under water forest killed off by anomalous currents bearing hot, low-nutrient waters to the East Coast of Australia. READ
L. Dead Zones: Gulf of Mexico, Baltic Sea where ocean waters have no oxygen. Over 400 globally and growing. READ
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B. Bumblebee Collapse |READ|
C. Giraffe Poaching: More than half of Africa's giraffe population has been killed over the past 15 years. |READ|
D. North American Songbird populations have decline anywhere from 50% to 90% (depending on the species) in the past half century.
E. Fisheries Collapse
Factory ships - legal and but mostly criminal - are scouring the sea floor of all life. 12 miles long and 10 stories high, driftnets (curtains of death) kill all marine life in their path.
Humans' best efforts at managing the rapid depletion of New England cod fisheries has fallen short as populations of the once plentiful species continue to collapse.
F. Jellyfish are extending their range globally. |READ|
G. Lionfish, a beautiful but toxic menace has been wreaking havoc on Florida's coastal waters and is now moving into the Mediterranean Sea.
H. Sea Stars Acification causing wasting disease |READ|
I. Atlantic Lobsters Shell disease moving north |READ|
J. Unexplained mass murre die-offs ALASKA
"I think we're going to see more events like this that we don't have the data to explain." - Heather Rennet, Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge
K. Northern Hemisphere Penguins and Green Sea Turtles are increasingly endangered in Galapagos as global warming threatens food supplies.
L. North American Brown Bat Colonies are being wiped out by the millions as the White Nose Syndrome fungus sweeps across the country. |READ|
M. Asian Carp Are destroying the Murray-Darling River System, the agricultural breadbasket of Australia. The Aussies are considering using a herpes virus to exterminate them. |READ|
N. The Vaquita dolphin indigenous to the Gulf of Cortez is nearly extinct, driven to the final brink by poachers for fish bladder customers in China. |READ|
O. Global populations of whale sharks, as well as the sizes of individual specimens have declined signficantly in the past ten years. |READ|
P. Leopards are down to about 25% of their global population as their habitat continues to be destroyed.
Q. Chilean Coast: Mass die-offs of multiple species due to warming seas and toxic waters include tens of thousands of whales, squid, cuttlefish, salmon.
R. NEW EXTINCTION: Australian Melomys: The First Mammal Officially Wiped Out by Human-Driven Warming |READ|
S. KILLER BEES:: The Africanized bees created by humans decades ago are moving into the American Southwest, killing people and animals |READ|
The planet is running out of fresh water, with many places already in drier straits.
A.PERU BIOLOGICAL DEATH: Peru is building 20 hydroelectric dams on the Marañón River, the main source of the Amazon River. The dams are for the benefit of mining companies, but will cause untold damage to the entire Amazon basin. Also, a lot of people who won't make money from mining will have to move.
B. Ogallala Aquifer lies beneath the Great Plains and is largest water source in the world. It is being pumped dry at an alarming rate. When it is gone, it will be gone for good. |READ|
C. Global Toxic Algae Blooms: Record incursions on the Pacific Coast, Chesapeake Bay, Great Lakes, China, Black Sea and around the globe. |READ|
D. Sao Paulo, Brazil and the surrounding region are about out of water.
E. The collapse of a mining waste tailings storage dam has created an "environmental catastrophe" in the Minas Gerais region of Brazil. The contamination of the Rio Doce and other waterways will last for generations.
F. Lake Baikal used to be renowned for its pure water, but now it's unsafe to drink even for animals. |READ|
G. Drastic Glacier Shrinkage In China Threatens Water Supply for 1.5 billion |READ|
H. Iran has sucked up 70% of its groundwater in the past 50 years |READ|
I. South Africa is entering the third year of a rolling drought that threatens to destroy the agricultural infrastructure.
J. California is pumping groundwater far faster than it can be replenished. The state is assuring a future of permanent desert as the promised El Nino-driven respite failed to materialize.
Central Valley, CA and other areas are sinking 2" a month as aquifers are out to unprecedented low levels.
Signficant portions of the water supply are contaminated by drilling waste and industrial chemicals.
K. The dzud cycle in Mongolia has shortened, bringing more drought and extreme winter weather more often.
L. Vietnam/Southeast Asia Drought The worst drought in 100 years is compromising the Mekong Delta, with China controlling water flow on the key river via its dams to the North.
M. A huge percentage of all residential water wells in China are unfit for drinking or bathing.
N. Haiti continues to struggle with a three year drought and is verging on famine conditions.
O. Lake Mead has reached its lowest level of all time in spring of 2016.
P. Bolivia's Lake Poopó Disappears for Good as global warming and mining force more climate refugees to flee |READ|
Bolivia has declared a water emergency as the three glaciers that supply drinking water to the capital have dried up.
Q. HIMALAYAN WATER EMERGENCY The "Third Pole" stores the planets third largest quantity of fresh water in its glaciers, which are retreating at a record breaking pace. |READ|
R. DZALANYAMA FOREST RESERVE, Malawi Malawi capital city Lilongwe is in the midst of a critical water crisis due to illegal forest destruction |READ|
S. NAMIBIA DAM RUNNING DRY The reservoir behind the Von Bach Dam, which supplies fresh water for central Namibia, is virtually empty.
Industrial agricultural practices are short term solutions in a war with nature that humans are losing.
Pollinator Die Off such as bees, butterflies, bats and beetles are in steep decline globally, endangering the food supply and entire ways of life. Climate change and aggressive agricultural practices such as neonicotinoids pesticides and wall to wall industrial farming are blamed for most of the decline. [SOURCE: Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Diversity]
A three year Caribbean drought is threatening Haiti with starvation for 1.5 million. According the UN, the numbers have doubled over the past six months.
CONVERGENCE OF END TIMES COMPONENTS
Here in the CatMap Editorial Board Bunker, we are not alone in predicting something big is happening on planet Earth, and we are not alone in concluding that it could be very interesting, but not in a good way. We have also noted that other predictions along these lines often focus on a single End Times causal factor, such as climate change or global financial collapse, but we think that narrow focus ultimately misses the point. In reality, such as it is, there are multiple factors doing us in and they are interrelated and synergistic. You can't, for example, separate the factors driving Extinction / Invasive Species from the factors driving Pollution. Will it be a Nuclear cataclysm caused by a religious or nationalist conflict that pushes us over the edge, or a global famine caused by the Flood Drought Flood cycle that is rapidly become the new normal. |READ|
RADIOACTIVE BOARS AND TREES, OH MY!
Illegal logging in Chernobyl no go zone produces Radioactive Lumber for all your home building requirements
NORTH DAKOTA DRILLING WASTE CONTAMINATION: A Duke Universtiy study indicates that wastewater spills in the Bakken Oil Fields are contaminating rivers and other waterways with high levels of lead, ammonium, selenium and radioactive contamination.
The U.S. Forest Service says that trees are dying at an unprecedented rate, which 102 million lost since 2010 and 62 million gone in 2016. The drought-driven die-off is expected to continue for the forseeable future. |READ|
North American forests are being rapidly consumed by mountain pine beetles.
Indonesian forest fires sparked by illegal clearing for illegal palm tree plantations has created a wild fire apocalypse that can no longer be contained. Nearly half of Indonesia's natural habitat has been cleared by illegal deforestation and industrial agriculture operations.
The USA has broken it's all time wildfire record for a single year, with almost 10 million acres consumed in 2015.
Siberian forest fires burned through a record 2.6 million hectares of forest in eastern Russia, causing an imbalance in the ecosystem that will have long term effects.
ZIMBABWE Tobacco farmers and illegal loggers have upped the pace of clear cutting and burning both plantation and indigenious forests.
ARGENTINA Now ranks in the top 10 deforestation nations, clearing the remaining 30% of it's woodlands for soy bean plantations.