Sunday, December 18, 2016
COLD TEMPERATURES PERSIST IN CANADA AND AMERICA.
25 And there shall be signs in the sun,(HEATING UP-SOLAR ECLIPSES) and in the moon,(MAN ON MOON-LUNAR ECLIPSES) and in the stars;(ASTEROIDS ETC) and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity;(MASS CONFUSION) the sea and the waves roaring;(FIERCE WINDS)
26 Men’s hearts failing them for fear,(TORNADOES,HURRICANES,STORMS) and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth:(DESTRUCTION) for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.(FROM QUAKES,NUKES ETC)
Storm surge was 'unreal,' resident of Newfoundland's south coast says-[CBC]-YAHOONEWS-December 17, 2016
Mose Ambrose resident Charlie Wells says Friday's storm surge caused serious damage to his community on the south coast of Newfoundland."It was unreal. You had to be here. You got to be here to see it," Charlie Wells said Friday night from his home near English Harbour West. Wells said the winds were so high they sent waves crashing over the shore."[They] completely took the breakwater out there [at the] back of my house. It was very bad; I was very scared there for a while," said Wells.He said the storm destroyed a guard rail in addition to the breakwater. "The post was eight by eight and it snapped them off just the same as if somebody sawed them off with a chainsaw and took the guard rails off the posts and everything," Wells said."I'd say the water was up to the floor of the house, for sure, because it was up that high on the clapboard, right? So it was very bad for a while," until the wind changed and the tide went out, said Wells."Thank God I never got no water in the house," he said, adding it surrounded his home at one point. By Friday night, Wells said the wind had shifted and the water receded as the tide went out, but it left heavy damage in its wake.Environment Canada had a gale warning and freezing spray warning in effect for the south coast as of Saturday afternoon.
Up to 20 cm of snow expected in B.C. as cold, wintry weather batters much of Canada-[CBC]-YAHOONEWS-December 17, 2016
Winter is making its presence known across Canada this weekend, with many areas of the country under extreme cold or snowfall warnings.In B.C., up to 20 centimetres of snow is expected for parts of the Central Coast in the coming days, with 10 to 15 centimetres expected along much of the south West Coast and inland areas.Homeless advocates all over the province urged officials to provide more help, from blankets to warming shelters.And cold temperatures have frozen ponds and lakes in the Vancouver area that have not seen skaters in years.Flights grounded in Ontario, Quebec.Poor conditions caused over 200 flights to be cancelled at Toronto's Pearson International Airport, while Ottawa's Macdonald-Cartier International Airport had 41 delays and cancellations and Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport had 88.Environment Canada now says snowfall in Toronto has "tapered off to light and intermittent," but warns of freezing drizzle or ice pellets into the night. Drivers in the city are also being warned of poor road conditions as ice could build up due to the mix of precipitation.-Power outages in Nova Scotia-In Nova Scotia, Halifax Stanfield International Airport faced 35 delays and cancellations, and province-wide, over 3,000 customers were without power Saturday morning mostly because of high winds and snow. By Saturday afternoon that number had gone down to several hundred as crews restored power. Most of the power outages were concentrated in Cape Breton.Power was expected to be restored to most places by 8 p.m. Saturday local time, according to Nova Scotia Power's outage map.In Newfoundland, meteorologists are warning of yet another weather system as communities work to recover from severe storm surges that hammered the island's south coast Friday. The island is expected to be covered in snow by Sunday, Environment Canada says. Placentia and a number of towns on the Burin and Connaigre peninsulas were battered by Friday's storm, which caused infrastructure damage and flooding.-Deep freeze hits the Prairies-The Prairies are getting a blast of cold weather, with most of Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta all under cold weather warnings.Manitoba can expect temperatures in the -30 C range, with winds making it feel more like -40 to -45 C.In Saskatoon, Environment Canada predicts temperatures between -30 C and -35 C, with winds making it feel as cold as -45 C. Temperatures are only expected to climb to around -20 C, Environment Canada says.The cold continues in Alberta, with most of the province — except areas west of Calgary — under an extreme cold warning. Environment Canada says Arctic air and clear skies will make it to feel like -40 C.In B.C., temperatures are generally not as cold as the rest of the West, but there's still snow in the forecast for Vancouver and Victoria. Environment Canada says between five and 15 centimetres of snow could fall by Sunday evening. If you're looking for good news in the weather, look to the local ski hill.
Dangerous cold, snow forecast for parts of northern United States-[Reuters]-YAHOONEWS-December 17, 2016
(Reuters) - The arctic air that has chilled large swaths of the northern United States for days will culminate this weekend with dangerous cold in Montana and North Dakota as heavy snow falls in other parts of the country, officials said.People in North Dakota face "life threatening cold" and the risk of frostbite with exposure of 10 minutes or less, the National Weather Service (NWS) said in an advisory.In Montana dangerous wind chills are expected to last through Saturday afternoon and people should guard against hypothermia, the NWS said.Temperatures in parts of Montana could plummet to record lows for this day of around minus 30 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 34 degrees Celsius), meteorologist Kenneth James of the Weather Prediction Center said in a phone interview.The bitter cold comes from a blast of arctic air - the second one this week - blowing south from Canada across the U.S. border into the northern plain states and the Midwest, NWS officials said.It has joined forces with a storm that swept in from the Pacific Ocean, bringing snowfall to large sections of the northern United States as it chugs across the country to the East Coast, they said.Areas of Wisconsin, Indiana, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine will see the heaviest snowfall from the storm on Saturday, with up to 6 inches (15 cm) of accumulation possible in those regions, James said.And the extreme weather could snarl traffic in several parts of the country this weekend, from north-central Montana where the NWS warned of the possibility of drifting snow on roads to Philadelphia where the forecast calls for icy rain.Americans living in areas affected by the cold weather have some relief on the way."It really begins petering out by about Monday morning," James said.How cold has it been? Boston, which shivered in the arctic air after it blew in from the Midwest, on Friday experienced the coldest temperatures for that day since 1883, according to the NWS. School were closed and officials warned residents to cover up or stay indoors.(Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis in Los Angeles; editing by Jason Neely)
Dozens of vehicles crash on icy Baltimore road, killing two-[Reuters]-By Frank McGurty-YAHOONEWS-December 17, 2016
(Reuters) - A fuel tanker skidded off a Baltimore highway and exploded on Saturday morning, sending sheets of fire in the path of the approaching traffic and triggering a deadly 55-vehicle pileup on the ice-coated roadway, Maryland officials said.The accident on Interstate 95, which occurred at about 5 a.m., left two people dead, including the driver of the fuel truck, said Lieutenant Kevin Ayd, spokesman for the Maryland Transportation Authority Police.The fiery pileup was one of dozens of crashes in the Baltimore-Washington area as freezing rain slowly accumulated into an icy sheet on roadways in the early morning darkness.A second multi-vehicle crash occurred at about the same time along Interstate 95 in Baltimore, part of a major north-south corridor along the U.S. East Coast. One person was killed in that accident when one of the drivers exited his vehicle and was struck by oncoming traffic.In the 55-vehicle pileup, a bystander's video shows the skidding fuel truck hitting a barrier and flipping over in a gap between the north and southbound lanes. As the fireball spread, approaching cars and trucks can be seen attempting to stop but instead plowing into one another."I want to share my deepest condolences to those affected by this morning's multi-vehicle crash," Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh said in a statement. "Today's icy road conditions remind us all that it is imperative to exercise extreme caution due to severe weather."The crash forced the closure of the northbound lanes on the highway. Photos posted online showed dozens of emergency vehicles and tow trucks on the scene."We do not know when I-95 will be reopened," Ayd said. "We urged motorist to stay off the road until conditions improve."A winter weather advisory was in effect for the Baltimore-Washington, D.C., area until noon, according to the National Weather Service, as snow and freezing rain gave way to a wintry mix or rain across much of the Eastern Seaboard.The NWS said at 10 a.m. that the heaviest weather had moved into the mid-Atlantic and Northeast, while the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes regions continued to see a mix of precipitation.Warnings and advisories remained in effect throughout much of the country, stretching from the central Rocky Mountains to the East Coast. Dangerously cold conditions, in part due to high winds, were still being reported in the central plains and the Mississippi Valley.(This story was refiled to correct sixth paragraph to fix the spelling of Baltimore mayor's last name to Pugh)(Reporting By Frank McGurty, editing by Franklin Paul)
Highways shut, flights grounded as smog blankets China's Tianjin-[Reuters]-By Norihiko Shirouzu and Natalie Thomas-YAHOONEWS-December 18, 2016
BEIJING (Reuters) - Authorities in Tianjin grounded three dozen flights and closed most highways on Sunday after severe smog blanketed the city, one of more than more than 40 in China's northeast to issue pollution warnings in the past 48 hours.Air quality index (AQI) readings at some monitoring stations in Tianjin, a port and industrial city southeast of Beijing, peaked above 400, state-run news agency Xinhua said. Anything above 300 is considered hazardous by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.China's environmental watchdog issued a five-day warning on Friday about choking smog spreading across the northeast and ordered factories to shut, recommended residents stay indoors and curbed traffic and construction work.Pollution alerts have become increasingly common in China's northern industrial heartland, especially during winter when energy demand - much of it met by coal - skyrockets.In addition, heavy winds force pollution from nearby provinces to the Beijing-Tianjin area where it remains suspended over the cities.By 10 a.m. on Sunday in Tianjin, 35 international flights had been delayed or canceled and all highways in and out of the city, with one exception, were shut, Xinhua said.With the density of pollutants expected to peak on Sunday and Monday, Tianjin's environmental protection department had strengthened inspections to control sources of pollution including factories.Tianjin was placed on orange alert - the second highest level - on Sunday. On Saturday, 22 cities issued red alerts including top steelmaking city Tangshan in Hebei province around Beijing, and Jinan in coal-rich Shandong province.Red alerts are issued when the AQI is forecast to exceed 200 for more than four days in succession, 300 for more than two days or 500 for at least 24 hours.In Beijing, the city's Municipal Environmental Monitoring Centre showed air quality readings of above 300 in some parts Sunday afternoon, but in most the index was below 200."When I went out yesterday I didn't wear a mask and my throat really hurt and I felt dizzy. It was hard to breathe through my nose,” Chen Xiaochong, a hotel manager in the capital, told Reuters."This pollution really is quite dangerous for people, so it's important to protect the environment."(Reporting By Norihiko Shirouzu and Natalie Thomas in Beijing; editing by John Stonestreet)
7 And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see.
8 And I looked, and behold a pale horse:(CHLORES GREEN) and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword,(WEAPONS) and with hunger,(FAMINE) and with death,(INCURABLE DISEASES) and with the beasts of the earth.(ANIMAL TO HUMAN DISEASE).
Japan culling 210,000 birds amid spreading avian flu-[AFP]-YAHOONEWS-December 17, 2016
Tokyo (AFP) - Japan has begun slaughtering about 210,000 farm birds in northern Hokkaido to contain another outbreak of a highly contagious strain of avian flu, an official said on Sunday.It is the fifth mass cull this winter in Japan with hundreds of officials working to prevent the spread of the virulent H5 strain, which has been detected at several farms across the country.Just weeks earlier, outbreaks led to a cull of 550,000 chickens in the central city of Niigata and 23,000 ducks in the Aomori prefecture south of Hokkaido.Authorities have also banned the transport of poultry and poultry products in areas close to the affected farms, while sterilising main roads leading to them.But progress has been slow this time with just 32,310 chickens at the farm in Shimzu town in northern Hokkaido culled by Saturday evening, local officials said in a statement."We continue to cull the chickens today but the work is difficult as the air temperature falls to some -20 degree Celsius (-4 Fahrenheit) at night" in addition to fallen snow that is another obstacle, an official told AFP.Before the current outbreaks, Japan's last confirmed case of avian flu at a farm was in January 2015.
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Come by Chance refinery warns carbon tax could shut it down-[CBC]-YAHOONEWS-December 17, 2016
The manager of North Atlantic Refining Limited (NARL) is warning that the federal government's mandate for a price on carbon could put it out of business.Dan Harris says margins are already tight at the Come by Chance refinery, so adding extra costs would make operating it impossible."With the carbon tax the way it's written, if it's based on the total crude that we run, it will put us under," he told reporters Friday."Today we're really not putting much money in the bank at all," he said.The federal government has told all provinces they must put a price on carbon, rising to $50 a tonne by 2022.Harris estimates that would cost the refinery about $50 million a year – a cost it can't pass on to its customers.Only 10 per cent of the fuel the refinery produces is used in Newfoundland and Labrador, as most of it is exported to the United States, where the refineries it competes against don't have to pay similar costs.The refinery is facing other financial pressures as well, laying off more than 100 workers to tackle shrinking margins.Harris said NARL is committed to reducing output of greenhouse gases.In the last two years, the refinery has reduced emissions by 17 per cent, but unlike refineries elsewhere it doesn't have access to cleaner, cheaper natural gas to help in the refining process.-'Heck of a lot cheaper' option: minister-Minister of Environment and Climate Change Perry Trimper said he's aware of the refinery's unique situation, and the agreement signed with Ottawa allows a different option.Trimper said the refinery will have caps on the emissions it puts out, if it doesn't meet those targets it will have to pay into a provincial innovation fund.That money will be invested into other projects to reduce pollution and help the province meet its targets."It will be a heck of a lot cheaper than just having a tax applied to every tonne of greenhouse gas emissions that you have," he said.Trimper said those targets and penalties are still being developed for the refinery and other big industrial polluters in the province.
Coalition of 24 states urges Trump to kill Obama's carbon emission plan-[Reuters]-YAHOONEWS-December 15, 2016
(Reuters) - Officials in 24 states have urged U.S. President-elect Donald Trump to kill the centerpiece of President Barack Obama's strategy to combat climate change and shut down coal-fired power plants.The coalition requested the incoming Republican government undo the Clean Power Plan enacted by the current Democratic administration. The law was designed to lower carbon emissions mainly from coal-fired power plants by 2030 to 32 percent below 2005 levels.The Supreme Court has ordered a delay in implementation until legal challenges to the regulation are completed.The group, headed by West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, suggests Congress take action to prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from drafting similar regulations in the future."The order (to withdraw the plan) should explain that it is the administration's view that the (Clean Power Plan) is unlawful and that EPA lacks authority to enforce it. The executive order is necessary to send an immediate and strong message to States and regulated entities that the administration will not enforce the rule," according to Morrisey.Trump's potential Cabinet is filling with nominees from top fossil fuel-producing states. He tapped Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, an ardent opponent of Obama's measures to curb climate change, to run the Environmental Protection Agency and Rick Perry, a climate skeptic and former governor of Texas, to head the Department of Energy.Trump has promised to revive oil and gas drilling and coal mining by cutting back on federal regulations. He also has said he would pull the United States out of a global deal to curb emissions of carbon dioxide, which an overwhelming number of scientists say contribute to changes to the climate that are leading to sea level rise, droughts and more frequent violent storms.(Reporting by Vijaykumar Vedala in Bengaluru; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)
Venezuela postpones currency move after chaos, protests-[Reuters]-By Corina Pons and Andrew Cawthorne-YAHOONEWS-December 17, 2016
CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro suspended on Saturday the elimination of the country's largest denomination bill, which had sparked cash shortages and nationwide unrest, saying the measure would be postponed until early January.The surprise pulling of the 100 bolivar note from circulation this week - before new larger bills were available - led to vast lines at banks, looting at scores of shops, anti-government protests and at least one death.Maduro, speaking from the presidential palace, blamed a "sabotage" campaign by enemies abroad for the delayed arrival of three planes carrying the new 500, 2,000 and 20,000 bolivar notes."One plane, contracted and paid for by Venezuela, was told in flight to change direction and go to another country," he said, without specifying who had given the orders. "There's another which was not given flyover permission."The 100 bolivar bills, officially out of use since Thursday and worth just 4 U.S. cents at the black market currency rate, can now be used until Jan. 2, Maduro said.Many Venezuelans had found themselves without the means to pay for food, gasoline or Christmas preparations in a country already reeling from a profound economic crisis.About 40 percent of Venezuelans do not have bank accounts, and so cannot use electronic transactions as an alternative to cash.Adding to the chaos, Venezuela has the world's highest rate of inflation, meaning large bags of cash must be humped around to pay for basic items.-'STUPID AND DESTRUCTIVE'-In the southern mining town of El Callao, a 14-year-old boy was shot dead during looting on Friday, authorities confirmed. An opposition legislator reported three fatalities.The Democratic Unity opposition coalition said the socialist leader should resign for incompetence and for inflicting yet more suffering on Venezuelans."We have a government utterly stupid and destructive in economic management, whose only goal is to keep power at whatever price," said opposition leader Julio Borges.Maduro had justified the 100 bolivar note's elimination as a way of strangling mafia and smugglers on the frontier with Colombia. He has also closed border crossings with Colombia and Brazil until Jan. 2.Earlier on Saturday, about 400 people in western Tachira state jumped fences and defied security personnel to surge into Colombia in search of food and medicines, which are scarce in Venezuela, witnesses said.In southern Bolivar state, people broke into dozens of shops and warehouses in various towns, witnesses and business leaders said. Authorities declared a curfew in Ciudad Bolivar and the state governor said 135 people had been arrested.Security forces fired teargas in Venezuela's largest second city, Maracaibo, to stop looters, witnesses said. Some protesters burned 100 bolivar bills.Addressing thousands of supporters at a rally in Caracas, Maduro blamed the opposition for stirring violence and said some members of the Justice First and Popular Will parties were arrested for colluding with mafias.The 54-year-old successor to Hugo Chavez, whose popularity has plunged during three years of recession, says domestic political foes supported by the United States are sabotaging the economy to undermine his government.Critics say it is time for Maduro to go after 18 years of socialist policies have wrecked the economy. But authorities have stymied an opposition push for a referendum to remove him before the next presidential election due in late 2018.(Additional reporting by María Ramírez in Ciudad Guayana, Anggy Polanco in San Cristobal; editing by Chris Reese, G Crosse)
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