Thursday, March 5, 2015

ICE AGE NOW: Infrastructure Collapse - Delta Airplane Skids Off New York's LaGuardia Airport Runway In Heavy Snow; Airport Shuts Down; Wing Sheared Off Plane; Numerous Injuries To Passengers!



March 5, 2015 - NEW YORK, UNITED STATES
- A passenger airplane skidded off a snowy runway at LaGuardia Airport in New York City on Thursday morning, and federal authorities have suspended flights for hours to come over inclement weather.

The plane, an inbound flight operated by Delta, “skidded off” the runway at the Queens, NY airport at around 11 a.m. local time, the city’s fire department confirmed on Twitter shortly after.

Personnel and passengers were evacuated off of the plane, according to the New York Port Authority, and no injuries have yet to be reported.

As snow and ice continues to cause problems at the major air hub, however, the Federal Aviation Administration told CBS News on Thursday morning that it has authorized a ground stop at LGA — one of the busiest airports in the United States — as flights across the northeast are grounded.








According to the Associated Press, Delta said 125 passengers and five crew members were onboard the aircraft when the incident occurred.

"Delta flight 1086 from Atlanta to New York-LaGuardia exited Runway 13 Thursday morning during landing,”
the airline said in a statement. “Customers deplaned via aircraft slides and have moved to the terminal on buses. Our priority is ensuring our customers and crew members are safe. Delta will work with all authorities and stakeholders to look into what happened in this incident."

Photos taken by eyewitnesses at the airport show that the plane skidded into a fence after landing on runway 13, and a local NBC News affiliate reported that only three inches of snow had fallen in New York at the time of the landing. Flights at LGA have since been suspended until 7 p.m. local time. - RT.



MASS ANIMAL DIE-OFFS: Disaster Precursors And Warnings From Mother Nature – The Latest Incidents Of Strange Animal Behavior, Migratory Patterns, Attacks, Deaths, And Appearance Of Rare Creatures!

March 5, 2015 - EARTH - The following constitutes the latest reports of unusual and symbolic animal behavior, mass die-offs, beaching and stranding of mammals, and the appearance of rare creatures.


Thousands of dead fish found on coast of East Java, Indonesia

Thousands of dead fish. © Reuters


Department of Marine and Fisheries (DKP) Pamekasan, Madura, East Java, an investigation related to the findings of a dead sea water fish along the coast Branta, Tlanakan. Number of dead fish were found residents in the last two days. Conditions blister fish, and many were burnt, like poisoning.

"We have sent a team to the village Beach Branta to investigate the number of dead fish," said Chief Nurul Widiatutik Pamekasan DKP, as quoted by Antara, Wednesday (4/3).

The fishermen along the coast, both in the village of Branta, and Village Ambat suspect, the number of fish that died because of gas poisoning, because not far from the coast of this, there is a gas management by PT Santos, which is in the waters of Sampang.

The number of dead fish also make people worry when eating fish poisoning. Therefore, most of the coastal residents in two villages, many stopped while eating fish.

Another suggestion that developed among fishing communities, many marine fish poisoning, the result of the oil spill, because not far from the coastal village of Ambat it, there is a port for ships carrying oil and gas.

"At the moment we are still in the field officers, directly observed, the condition of the fish poisoning reported that," he explained.

Members of Parliament from the United Development Party (PPP) Pamekasan Maskur Rasid stated, many cases of dead fish along the coast of Branta, Tlanakan it, should immediately responded, and unknown cause, in anticipation of things that are not desirable.

"If a lot of fishermen who fish poisoning, that's very dangerous," he said in Pamekasan. - Merdeka. [Translated]



Thousands of TONS of shellfish have died off during past few years in Whangarei Harbour, New Zealand

The volume of pipis on Mair Bank has slumped from 10,000 tonnes to less than 100 tonnes. Photo / Thinkstock


A massive pipi bed in Whangarei harbour is dying and there are fears the change could destabilise the harbour - and Marsden Point itself, Radio NZ reports.

The volume of pipis on Mair Bank has slumped from 10,000 tonnes to less than 100 tonnes, sparking fears the massive sandbank, which protects the harbour entrance, will disappear.

The sandbank, shaped similar to a shark's tooth, lies just off Marsden Point. Locals previously waded out at low tide to scoop up the daily limit of 150 of the shellfish in a couple of minutes. But no more.

NIWA fisheries scientist, James Williams, said the decline had been drastic. Over the last four to five years the pipi population has collapsed.

He said the bank had been eroding from the south and gaining height; coinciding with an apparent absence of juvenile pipi.

"There was a huge biomass there of pipi, everywhere pretty much on the bank and sub-tidally of about 10,000 tonnes and that's been reduced to less than 100 tonnes from the 2014 survey," he said.

"So, less than one per cent of what there was in 2005."

Dr Williams said pollution had not been a problem. Regular testing shows the water quality is very good, despite the presence of the oil refinery and the timber port next door.

Mair Bank was closed to pipi pickers last year but Dr Williams said the volume of shellfish being taken, including a commercial catch, was miniscule compared to the vast quantity available.

He said it might be worth testing the water to rule out pollution by terpenes -- compounds found in pine logs. Dr Williams said it was not known what impact the compounds might have on pipi, but they could act as pesticides on some species.

However, Northport chief executive Jon Moore said run-off from the port's log storage area drained to a big settlement pond.

"It can pump to the harbour if it reaches a high level, so if you have a storm event, obviously the last thing you want is all of that overflowing so there's a pipeline back to the harbour," he said.

"It pumps on those high rain events, but at that point when you've got a heavy rainfall, most of the water that's coming through there is pretty damn clean anyway."

Radio NZ reports the refinery and Northport are worried the loss of millions of shellfish could destabilise Mair Bank.

The New Zealand Refining Company's environmental manager, Riann Elliot, said if the bank goes, there would be knock-on effects for the harbour and the foreshore.

He said the channel was "self-dredging".

"There's no maintenance dredging required here - that could be jeopardised, so the entry to the harbour could be jeopardised."

"Erosion along the foreshore along Marsden Point could change drastically. We've currently got a bit of an erosion problem and there's evidence to suggest that could accelerate."

New Zealand Refining chief executive Sjoerd Post said any increase in erosion had to be a concern for the refinery.

"Our site is very close to the sea perimeter, so the pipis dying out may cause instability in the bank which may lead to bigger consequences for us," said Mr Post.

"But first and foremost, we are really concerned around the fact that sort of an entire species seems to be dying out all of a sudden."

Mr Post said it was tangata whenua, Patu Harakeke, who first raised the alarm about the Mair Bank pipi beds.New Zealand Refining and Northport back their call for urgent research into the problem. - NZ Herald.


30 dolphins/whales and 54 turtles wash up dead during 2014 in Abruzzo, Italy



For lovers of the sea 2014 was an annus horribilis, especially for the people of Abruzzo.  Last bathing season began with bad news: the waters of the region ranked among the dirtiest of Italy. The rest of the situation does not go better between fishing effort and increase in waste piled on the shoreline after every storm. The situation can not be said to be better for fresh waters: the state of the rivers one of continuing deterioration.

The last glimpse of summer has also "given" an episode that will remain indelible in the collective memory: the night between 11 and 12 September seven sperm whales have beached sull'arenile Punta Aderci, Vasto.
A female was pregnant. Of those wonderful animals four were driven back into the sea with a successful supportive crowd of volunteers. The three carcasses (including exemplary pregnant) were subjected to necropsy examinations. Among the hypotheses to explain what happened one of the most credible is the presence of gas accumulated in the blood for an emergence too rapid.

"It is not difficult to imagine an anthropogenic cause, though perhaps certainties we will not ever," says the WWF Abruzzo.
"The strandings still remain enigmas of marine biology: always occur, but it is a fact that human action has made the phenomenon more frequent."

In 2014 you are stranded around thirty cetaceans, mostly bottlenose dolphins along the coast of Abruzzo. Of these most came ashore already dead, others have taken off, but we do not know if they survived or simply have gone to die elsewhere.

Also 53 species of turtles Caretta caretta, a priority species for environmental protection, have been found stranded or entangled in fishing nets.


"A trend unfortunately on the rise," always analyzes the WWF "in just the first two months of the year just started recording 34 dead specimens in a non-natural (most by suffocation).
Strandings of these reptiles are appearing frequently in the Adriatic. One reason is probably the intensive commercial fishing, particularly with bottom trawls and gillnets. Turtles frequent the northern Adriatic mainly to feed and usually move south in late August. In recent years, because of climate change, the sea is warmer and in the aftermath of biological rest (August 11 to September 22) are still with us when the boats return to sea in droves to rebuild after the forced break ... A possible solution to combat this die-off could be related to fishing techniques eco-friendly since turtles are endangered species at high risk or even a revision of the plans for fishing "measured" according to the marine area of ​​reference and its specific needs. "

Fishing is a major cause of serious injuries or deaths, but certainly not the only, stress the animal, "the impact with the boats, for example, are relatively frequent in the busiest as the Adriatic sea, without forgetting the weight increasing pollution.

Turtles are on the earth long before the appearance of man;
have been able to survive the mass extinction of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago; exceeded glaciations and other extreme natural events. They are equipped with sophisticated systems for orientation and a series of devices for hydrodynamic swim for thousands of kilometers. Are perfectly equipped for any natural event, but not for unnatural ones. Precisely for this reason we have to do something before it's too late for them and for us all. " - Primadanoi. [Translated]



Dead humpback whale found off Vietnam coast

Dead humpback whale. © VNS


Fishermen in the southern province of Bac Lieu's Dong Hai District on Sunday caught a whale weighing more than 250kg.

According to the family of fisherman Ho Xuan Banh, the owner of the fishing vessel that caught the creature, they were fishing at about 10am on the Gia Cao territorial waters in the southernmost Ca Mau Province, when they found a dead whale entangled in their net.

They immediately stopped all fishing activities, and brought the creature ashore to the Nam Hai Whale's Temple in Ganh Hao Town for worship in accordance with the local rituals.

The Nam Hai Temple managers later confirmed that it was a humpback whale with a blow-hole and a horizontal tail.

The whale was 2.33m long, 1.2m wide and weighed more than 250kg.

A representative from the Nam Hai Temple management board said that after the initial worship rituals, the whale's body will be preserved with chemicals for the worship customs of local residents, and will be exhibited at the temple's display house. - Vietnam Net.


Another dog goes loco: Pitbull shot dead by police after it attacked owner in Bolton, UK

Insp Nicki Tompsett said owners were ultimately responsible for raising friendly
dogs,after officers were forced to shoot dead an aggressive pitbull which
had attacked its owner. 
© AP/ Heribert Proepper
The dog's owner suffered terrible bite wounds and a suspected broken arm but paramedics couldn't get past the aggressive animal to treat him

A dog was shot dead by police after the animal mauled its owner.

Armed officers were given a green light to kill the pitbull following a vicious attack at flats in Bolton.

The animal's owner suffered deep bite wounds and a suspected broken arm and will now undergo surgery for his injuries.


Police raced to Little Holme Walk at 7.30pm on Tuesday evening, March 3.

They discovered a man had been mauled by his dog and paramedics were unable to get past the animal to treat him.

A GMP spokesman said 'authority for human destruction for the dog was granted as a last recourse and the dog was shot'.

Paramedics then tended to the dog's owner, who suffered numerous deep puncture wounds to his left arm, wrist and hands and a possible fracture.

He was taken to Bolton Royal Infirmary where he will undergo surgery.

Insp Nicki Tompsett said: "Clearly, the destruction of any animal is not something we as a police force take lightly and in this instance, considerable efforts were made to control the animal.

"However, the dog continued to behave in such an aggressive way and its demeanour was such that we could not attend to the man who had been seriously injured, and therefore the decision was made to destroy the dog before anyone else could be hurt or the victim himself sustained further, life-changing injuries.

"What this incident demonstrates is the dangers dogs can pose to everyone - including their owners.

"Certain types of animals do pose a greater risk to their owners and innocent passersby because of their aggressive nature,
and that is what our officers were confronted with last night.

"However, I also want to stress that the ultimate responsibility lies with the owner of the dogs.

"Dangerous dogs are bred, not born, so it is incumbent on all dog owners to ensure their pets are well brought-up and friendly.

"Legislation is now in place to prosecute those who fail to control their dogs or breed them for criminal or violent purposes and we will enforce that legislation to protect innocent members of our community from being attacked." - Manchester Evening News.


Rampaging tusker kills four villagers in India

Asian elephant
A rampaging wild elephant has trampled four persons to death and seriously injured three others in Sitamarhi district.

Four persons-Md. Nizamuddin, 50, a resident of village Siswa, Bhola Rai (30) of village Indarwa, Chhattar Rai (37) of village Adhakhanni under Parihar police station and homeguard-cum-driver of Bajpatti police station in Sitamarhi district Hulas Rai (30) were trampled to death by a Nepalese elephant on Tuesday.

Two injured women-Lalita Devi and Sonam Kumari, are being treated at different hospitals. The police driver was trying to help villagers chase the pachyderm away from the agricultural fields.

Sitamarhi SP Hari Prasath S said on Wednesday, "Two persons have been crushed to death in Bajpatti and Parihar police station areas of the district. We have got reports that other person injured by the elephant has died. We are trying to confirm the identity of the person."

The SP said as per latest report, the wild elephant has entered adjoining Madhubani district and was roaming in Arer police station area there.

"Forest department teams and police teams following the elephant have also reached the place where the tusker is present now. They will try to tranquilize the animal," the SP said.

Meanwhile, Sitamarhi divisional forest officer Shashi Shekhar said the wild elephant seemed to have strayed to Sitamarhi on Tuesday morning from forests of Nepal.

"Once the elephant entered Indian side and started moving across agricultural fields, villagers started chasing it. It entered deep inside the district and is now in an agitated state. Wild elephants usually take the same route while going back to their native place if they stray, and the villagers are not allowing it to do so," Shekhar said.

The DFO said the forest department and police teams followed the elephant till the early hours on Wednesday, and also tried to dissuade villagers from chasing it further, but to no avail.

"A team of forest officials with tranquilizer gun has arrived from Patna. We have also arranged for a heavy-lift crane as the elephant is around 13 feet in height and weighs between 2,000 to 3,000 kg. We are positive about bringing the rampage to an end today. We will either chase it back towards Nepal or trap or tranquilize it," the DFO added.

Seeing the agitated state of the elephant, the district administration in Madhubani has appealed to the people to stay away from elephant and not try to shoo it away by means of drums, crackers or organised chases. - The Times of India.


Pack of feral canines attack pregnant woman in Bareilly, India

Feral dogs in India
With the district administration still clueless about how to handle the rising menace of stray dogs attacking people, the canines seem to have grown bolder as they are increasingly attacking adults.

In the latest incident, a pack of four dogs attacked a pregnant woman in Pareva village of Baheri on Sunday while she was working in the fields. Listening to her screams, villagers armed with bamboo sticks rushed to her aid. They beat the dogs with sticks and chased them away.

However, the woman, Lalita (30), lost her leg in the attack. Five children have been killed and at least 10 injured in stray dogs' attacks in the past 45 days.

Meanwhile, the campaign of district authorities of identifying and catching killer dogs could not be started on Monday due to incessant rain. "Our teams along with villagers had to track the dogs from Monday onwards but due to incessant rain since two days, we were unable to move in the area," said Rameshwarnath Tiwari, sub-divisional magistrate (SDM), Baheri.

Dumping their plans of painting harmless dogs blue, the administration had instead asked villagers to tie a collar or rope around such canines from Monday, but this plan was put off due to the rains. Besides, teams comprising 50 people from the affected villages along with officials of the forest department, Nagar Palika and Zila Parishad were expected to search for the menacing dogs in the affected villages. The SDM added, "If there is clear weather on Tuesday, we will launch our campaign, otherwise would be forced to resume it after Holi."

Apart from Baheri, a stray dog attacked and killed an eight-year-old girl in Hassanpur tehsil of Amroha on Sunday. Explaining the probable reason that led to attack in Amroha which is nearly 200 kilometres away from Baheri, a veterinary expert said, "Most of the homes in Amroha have become Biryani centres and hence, animals are slaughtered at houses. The residue after slaughtering of animals is thrown on roadsides which are eaten by stray dogs. The easy availability of meat has made stray dogs habitual of it and hence, one of them attacked the girl." The veterinary expert added, "Another reason is that it is breeding season of dogs and they become violent during this period. Besides, dogs feel hungrier in winter as compared to other season." - The Times of India.


Nova Scotia aquaculture salmon killed by superchill

Cooke Aquaculture's fish farm in Shelburne Harbour on Nova Scotia's South Shore is one of the sites where officials believe
fish have died due to a so-called superchill.  © Canadian Press 


Cooke Aquaculture sites in Annapolis Basin, Shelburne Harbour, Jordan Bay reporting mortalities

Fish at three aquaculture sites in Nova Scotia have died and a so-called superchill is suspected, the provincial Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture said Tuesday.

Cooke Aquaculture's sites in the Annapolis Basin, Shelburne Harbour and Jordan Bay are reporting mortalities, officials said.

A fish health veterinarian visited the Annapolis Basin and Shelburne Harbour sites and is expected to visit the Jordan Bay site in the next few days to investigate the cause of death, Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Keith Colwell said in a statement.


A technician holds a salmon from a fish farm. File photo.

"Our provincial fish health veterinarians investigate mortality events to rule out diseases of concern," he said.

The department said a preliminary investigation has found a superchill happened, meaning sustained cold temperatures dropped the temperature of the water to the level that fish blood freezes — around - 0.7 C.

Tides in late February and early March also tend to be high, the department said, contributing to to lowering temperatures in sea cages by flooding more shallow areas than usual. Low air temperatures cool the water and receding tides flush the cages with superchilled water.

The Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture said superchills happen every five to seven years and the deaths do not pose a risk to the environment. - CBC News.


Dusky woodswallow seen for the first time in New Zealand

Japanese bird-watchers Satoshi Kakishima and Tomoe Morimoto on their first visit to New Zealand, spotted a Dusky Woodswallow on Stewart Island.
© Satoshi Kakishima and Tomoe Morimoto


A Japanese couple who made a rare sighting of a bird on their first trip to NZ have had their sighting officially confirmed.

Japanese bird spotters Satoshi Kakishima and Tomoe Morimoto spotted the Dusky Woodswallow while on Stewart Island realising it was something different.

Birds New Zealand Southland region recorder Phil Rhodes said in September last year he got an email from a Japanese couple about their unusual sighting.

"I advised them that it was a dusky woodswallow and that it had never been seen in New Zealand and that it was a special bird."

Rhodes asked the couple to put forward an unusual bird report through to Birds New Zealand.

Because it's so rare it has to go through a committee who decide whether it is exactly what this person thinks it is.

The Japanese couple were very grateful and very amazed they had found a new species in New Zealand, Rhodes said.

"It was just an off chance that they were in the right place at the right time and had the foresight to take a photo of it."

A few people looked around since the sighting but couldn't find it, Rhodes said.

The sighting was confirmed a couple of days ago by Colin Miskelly from Te Papa museum and that it has been accepted as a new species to New Zealand, Rhodes said.

It's great for birders and birding, he said.

"It's common in Australia but it must have got blown over here on it's migrationary route."

It would survive here for a while but because it was the only one of it's species it would just die out, he said. - Stuff.


Indian dog pack kill 8-yr-old girl in Amroha village

Feral dogs in India
An eight-year-old girl was attacked and killed by a group of stray dogs in Poolpur village of Hasanpur tehsil on Sunday afternoon.

According to the girl's father, the attack occurred when she had stepped out to throw waste into the jungle.

He said about eight-10 stray dogs had attacked her and she was lying in a pool of blood when he found her.


He rushed her to the community health centre at Hasanpur, where doctors declared her brought dead.

The village residents blamed the local administration for not paying attention to the incidents of the stray dogs in villages here.

Amroha SDM Azad Bhagat Singh told TOI, "All executive officers of nagar palika have been ordered to appoint teams of workers to catch stray dogs from villages along with teams of veterinary doctors and compounders and sterilize them."  - The Times of India.


Woman stabs and kills her dog after surprise attack

A Hastings woman being bitten in the face by her dog managed to get away after she stabbed the animal with a pocket knife, The dog later died of its injuries, police said.

Hastings Police officers responded to the woman's home and found her sitting in a chair with a bloody towel on her face. She had several puncture wounds under her eyes and on her chin.

The woman told officers the shepherd mix she had owned for two years had been sitting on her lap while she was petting it when suddenly, for no apparent reason, the animal bit her in the face and would not let go, Hastings Police Chief Jeff Pratt said.

The woman managed to reach for a pocket knife and stabbed the dog three times in the mid-section before the animal released her face. A man in the home then was able to pick up the dog and secure it in a kennel while the woman called for help.

The dog was taken to a veterinarian, where it later died of the injuries. - MLIVE.


Pit bull terrier attacks owner in Buckeye Lake, Ohio

Steven Heptinstall, 22, says even though he was attacked by his one-year-old male pit bull dog named Kane, he still loves the animal.

Heptinstall says Monday morning, Kane and his other male pit bull got into a fight at his Buckeye Lake home. He says as he was trying to pry Kane off the other animal, it turned on him leaving him with a broken finger, several scrapes and cuts, and eight stitches.

Heptinstall says it's the second time Kane has attacked his other pit bull dog in the last two weeks.
Now he's planning on caging Kane alone for several days as recommended by local police, then will be giving the animal up to a Pit Bull rescue group.

Heptinstall's girlfriend, Alicia Thomas, says she's not aware of any ordinances or regulations on owning pitbulls at Buckeye Lake, and has never had a problem with their dog until recently.

Later this month in the nearby city of Newark, city council members plan later this month to vote whether or not to drop breed specific legislation which requires all pit bull owners to register the animals as vicious, whether or not they've ever attacked. The couple says even though they now understand what the breed is capable of, they still think the ordinance needs to be changed. - ABC6.


Family lied about dog attack on girl to protect their pet in Dayton, Ohio

A dog bit two-year-old Monroe Smith of Dayton in the face while she was building a snowman with her father.  © Lot Tan

Police say a family lied about which dog bit their two-year-old in order to protect their family pet.

Tyler Smith, of Dayton, said his daughter was building a snowman in the backyard of her grandparent's home in the 1300 block of Woodlawn Avenue when she was attacked and bitten on the face.

The dog "came charging, barking and growling" at Smith and his daughter, Monroe, he told this news outlet Monday.

"It got closer, and I grabbed (my daughter). It was growling so I took off running, and it jumped up and grabbed her face," Smith said.

Smith said he grabbed the dog by the neck and choked it until it let go. He drove his daughter to Atrium Medical Center, and she was transferred by ambulance to Dayton Children's Hospital, where she received more than 80 stitches to her face, according to Smith.


Pamela S. Willard, of Fairmount Avenue, was cited for the dog running at large incident by Middletown police. Willard denied that her dog was the one involved in the incident.

Today, police told this news outlet that the family may have devised their story in order to spare the family pet.


"We received further information last night," said Middletown Police Major Mark Hoffman. "At this point, we believe it was the family dog, the victim's own dog bit her."

According to a police report, Kimberly Brumett-Smith told police that Tyler Smith, her son, sent her a text message telling her not to tell the truth to the police. Brumett-Smith told police it was actually her dog, which she described as a brown pit bull, that bit her granddaughter in the face at her residence.

"We will be looking at withdrawing the charges on the other dog (owner), if we can determine it was not indeed running loose," Hoffman said.

An anonymous caller told police that "several people who were present in the residence on Woodlawn had made up the story so that they would not get in trouble and that their dog will not be taken," according to the police report.

This news outlet attempted to contact someone at the Woodlawn Avenue residents, but no one answered the door. Brumett-Smith declined to comment when reached by phone.

Willard told this news outlet Monday that her dog, which she described as a Blue Heeler, was loose earlier in the day but was secured when this incident took place.

"There's another dog out there. (Police) need to find it," Willard said.

Willard was cited Feb. 2 for a dog running at large, according to Middletown Municipal Court records. Police responded to her home in the 1300 block of Fairmount Avenue for a report of a ""white dog trying to bite" a postal worker, according to police records. The report also states that a white Blue Heeler breed dog "began charging" at the officer's car.

Officers who responded to that incident warned Willard "about the same problem the previous week in reference to the white Blue Heeler getting out of the yard and acting vicious towards people walking on the sidewalk," according to the police report. Officers advised her to confine the dog. - Journal-News.


4.17 MILLION birds have been killed since January due to avian flu in Taiwan, China

CNA file photo
The Council of Agriculture said Wednesday that with effect from September, it will be mandatory for poultry to be raised in enclosed spaces, as part of an effort to stop the spread of an avian flu virus that has decimated Taiwan's poultry farms.

The regulation is being imposed to prevent contact with migratory birds, which will begin arriving in Taiwan in September, said Chang Su-san (張淑賢), director-general of the COA's Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine (BAPHIQ).

The agricultural industry must adopt more modern techniques, such as the use of enclosed facilities on poultry farms, to stop the spread of the bird flu virus, Chang said.

Poultry farmers will be given a six-month grace period to comply with the new regulation, after which they will be subject to a fine of between NT$30,000 and NT$150,000 (US$853-4,266) that will be imposed by the local governments, she said.

The COA will offer farmers loans at a concessionary interest rate of 1.5 percent to build the enclosures, Chang said.

As of Tuesday, four more poultry farms had been confirmed as infected with bird flu, bringing the total number islandwide to 860 since the outbreak began in mid-January, according to BAPHIQ statistics.

About 4.17 million birds -- chicken, geese and ducks - have been culled on 853 poultry farms, the data showed.

So far, 886 poultry farms around Taiwan have been tested for bird flu, according to BAPHIQ data.

Since the outbreak began, the COA has imposed restrictions on the movement of birds on infected farms and has mandated that the farms must be disinfected after culling is completed. Farms within three kilometers of outbreak sites will be under surveillance for 3 months, according to the COA's regulations.

Chang said the most recent regulation is part of the effort to more effectively contain the spread of the disease.

She said the COA is also considering revising the poultry farm registration system to mandate the registration of poultry farms that have at least 500 birds, instead of the minimum 3,000 at present. - Focus Taiwan.


300 Snow Geese have died this winter due to disease in Illinois, United States

I received the following information from the IL DNR today regarding dead waterfowl being found by goose hunters. It's worth sharing.

I do recall many times hearing about dead Canada Geese being found around Lake Sedgewick in Orland Park. This has always been of big concern to local residents who walk the trail around the lake at this time of year. Authorities have always been called in the the birds have been checked and it's the same story as you'll read about below.

I guess its easiest to say that there's no need to hit the panic button. It's nature and it does happen. Take the procautions mentioned by the DNR and notify them if dead birds are found in your area.

As temperatures warm this weekend and migrating waterfowl return to Illinois, snow goose hunters should be aware of the potential presence of avian cholera. Dead waterfowl found at sites along the Illinois River and at Carlyle and Horseshoe Lakes earlier this winter have tested positive for avian cholera. The total number of dead birds at all sites was less than 300. Most birds affected were lesser snow geese, but smaller numbers of greater white-fronted geese and some ducks also were reported.

Avian cholera is caused by bacteria that can spread from bird to bird and also remain in the environment. Avian cholera poses a low risk to people and pets, but safe handling of waterfowl and good hygiene practices are recommended. Illinois Department of Natural Resources waterfowl biologist Randy Smith said dead birds were discovered in late December and early January. The outbreak ended when the weather turned colder, and laboratory results were not available until migrating waterfowl had moved farther south.

“With warmer temperatures forecast for this weekend, we expect migrating birds – especially snow geese – to be back in Illinois in the coming days,” Smith said. “We are asking hunters to report any sightings of dead birds they may encounter.”

Birds infected with avian cholera usually succumb very quickly. A flock of geese may settle on an area, and take off a short time later, and dead birds may remain. Sick birds are rarely found, but will appear lethargic and have poor muscle control and may die within minutes of being observed. Although avian cholera may affect substantial numbers of birds in some areas, it is not a threat to the overall population.

Smith said an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza is ongoing in western and Pacific coast states but the disease has not been found in Illinois.

For more information, visit the National Wildlife Health Center website:

http://www.nwhc.usgs.gov/disease_information/avian_cholera/index.jsp


- Chicago Now.


23,500 Birds to be killed due to avian flu in Schwanewede, Germany

In the district of Cuxhaven, the H7 avian influenza virus has
been detected.
From the affected turkey fattening farm to the
northern border of the county Osterholz is 30 kilometers.
(Dpa Picture-Alliance / Carmen Jaspersen, picture alliance)
The municipality Schwanewede is the new bird flu case occurred in the district of Cuxhaven, not affected. Share this consistent with the district Osterholz and the Lower Saxony Ministry of Agriculture. In contrast to the malicious virus that caused a stir in November last year, the headlines are farms and poultry farmers now need to worry about having to lock up their animals again. The time stabling obligation imposed had led to resentment especially in clubs and incomprehension.

Safer variant


In contrast to the highly contagious virus type H5N8 if it were known to the harmless variant called H7.
The experts call "low pathogenic form of avian influenza". First suspicions came in last week, according to the Lower Saxony Ministry of Agriculture in Hanover "in a conventional turkey growing operation without free range" on. Investigations of the Lower Saxony State Office for Consumer Protection and Food Safety in Oldenburg and the Federal Research Institute for Animal Health (Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut) have confirmed the suspicion on Monday.

Now about 23,500 turkeys are killed in the district of Cuxhaven.
In addition, the authorities have placed an exclusion zone of one kilometer from the pig farm. Another component of the protection measures is a complete transport ban. This means that animals may not be delivered nor picked up. The measures apply, according to the Ministry of Agriculture for an initial period of three weeks. If the following investigations revealed that no more risk of operating in the district of Cuxhaven can return to normal.

There is "so far no evidence" that Easter Holzer farms would have had direct or indirect contact with the pole barn in Cuxhaven, says district spokeswoman Jana Lindemann.
She adds: "In addition, the plant concerned is more than 30 kilometers away from our county border." Further measures for the district Osterholz and thus for the municipality Schwanewede are not required. Nevertheless, the authorities would talk about the course and still made epidemiological investigations.

That the authorities assess the risk of the H7 virus as rather low, seems to speak, that the bodies of the municipality Schwanewede were "not involved" the circumstance.
This explains Mayor Harald Stehnken on demand. Should worsen the situation, however, the county would the affected communities, contact the authorities are constantly kept up to date.

This is what happened in November last year.
After the Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut, the highly contagious virus H5N8 was detected in several birds that counties responded exactly as the Animal Diseases Act and the avian influenza regulation prescribe means all poultry must be kept indoors then. Of these fattening farms and bird breeders in Lower Saxony were equally affected until a few weeks ago.

In particular, the breed poultry criticized the former actions of the authorities in terms of stabling obligation.
Even breeders in Schwanewede and the Weser march were convinced that the virus did not, as stated by the authorities, spread by migratory birds, but by the factory farming. - Weser Kurier. [Translated]


'Lots' of dead turtles found on a beach in Piacabucu, Brazil



The Peba Beach in the city of distant Piaçabuçu Maceio, 135 km one of the postcards of Alagoas presents on the morning of Tuesday, 03 a lot of dead sea turtles. The location near the mouth of the São Francisco River with a large area of ​​continuous beach is used for spawning of sea turtles.

The problem requires the presence and IBAMA action to study the causes of mortality of sea turtles that is related to the large amount of garbage mainly peti bottles and plastic bags left by bathers on weekends.

Plastic bags as useful shopping days in the supermarket can be the main reason for the increased mortality of sea turtles that come to Alagoas coast.
In the last three months, more than twenty animals were found stranded on the beaches of Maceio and 90% of them had as cause of death observed ingesting household waste.

The turtles, which are spawning from are the main targets of this pollution that reaches the seas.
When they reached the coast to leave their eggs, they end up confusing the plastic with jellyfish, their favorite food. The problem is that the plastic takes 200 years to decompose in nature and is not digested by the animal that dies by suffocation or starvation (stop feeding) that feels constant satiety.

For biologists and environmentalists, plastic today has been a big problem for the preservation of the environment and one of the great enemies of marine life, especially turtles.
Surveys show that in Brazil, one billion plastic bags are distributed by supermarkets, it means 33 million per day and 12 billion per year, or 66 plastic bags for each Brazilian in just one month. What's worse is that most of them are only used once. - Conexaopenedo. [Translated]



Thousands of dead fish, plus dead ducks found in a lagoon in Buenos Aires, Argentina

A lot of dead fish appeared in the Laguna La Saladita, de Sarandi.

The incident was reported by neighbors, who say the killing was due to toxic waste spill and others point out that "water turned a deep green color suddenly".





Still
no official information was provided about the origin of the phenomenon in this ecological reserve Avellaneda. - Agenciaelvigia. [Translated]



100,000 ducks killed due to avian flu in Fuzesgyarmat, Hungary

A total of 100,000 ducks was carried out at a poultry farm in Fuzesgyarmat, a town in southeastern Hungary, after bird flu was discovered there, wire service MTI reported on Monday.

This flu, type H5N8, is not known to have infected humans.

National chief veterinarian Lajos Bognar told MTI that the bird flu was found on only a single farm in Bekes County, albeit at all four of its sites. All birds on the farm, more than 100,000 ducks, were culled over the weekend and disinfection would take most of the week, Bognar said.

A 3 km-deep protected area and a 10 sq km area of observation have been set up around the farm. Animals on all farms within 3 km are undergoing thorough and repeated testing, and all poultry shipments from a 10 km area have been restricted.

It is believed that migrating birds coming north in the spring are responsible for spreading the virus.

The national bureau for Food Chain Safety reported that Japan, Singapore and South Korea have halted imports of poultry and eggs from Hungary, and South Africa and Hong Kong have introduced restrictions.

Hungarian officials have asked that the restrictions be limited to poultry and poultry products from Bekes County, which, said Bognar, has been put under a European Union duck-shipment quarantine by the Hungarian authorities. No ducks will be shipped from Bekes County for 30 days following complete disinfection of the area where the virus was found. - Global Post.


Hundreds of dead fish found in a pond in Aguascalientes, Mexico



Hundreds of fish found dead on the shore of a pond located in the community of Puertecito of the Virgin in San Francisco de Romos, Aguascalientes.

"For here in the tank is very bad smell fish that died down the drain not managed well and do not have to end-law.
Our children can get sick, "said neighbor Mary Esther Jacobo.

No one knows what it was that caused the environmental disaster;
however, the area surrounding neighbors to ensure that it could be contamination of water drainage being discharged into the pond or materials that have been thrown in the pond, due to the paving in the area.

"I think by sewage that came from beyond the drain," said Manuel Salas, who lives next to the pond.


For 22 days, the fish began to surface and so far the authorities have not taken action on the matter.
In the pond called "The Petacas", you can see the almost dry dead animals, which has created an unbearable smell in the area.

"They penetrate the evenings, is an unbearable smell the smells one night, it's one asleep and is smelling" said Salas Medina.


The people of the community in times of heat used the pond to get to swim, fished, they watered the water to animals, now fear the contamination of the area detrimental to their health.


"We ate the fish, the water was from rain and now can not be eaten, they are contaminated," said neighbors.


People who live near the site say be afraid that other animals can die from flocking to the site to take the contaminated water, but also that their children can get sick from being so close to the source of contamination.


"Now we want remove this smells very bad for children and for all," said Jose Manuel Salas who has two children.


Given the situation demanded that the authorities support to clean the place, but above all to give a report on the risks exist. - El Arsenal. [Translated]



Hundreds of dead fish found floating in a river in Hainan, China





Hundreds of dead fish float on a river in Sanya, South China’s Hainan province, Mar. 3, 2015. The dead fish were mainly found in the waterside terrace between Sanya Experimental Middle School in Hedong Road and the riverbank of Gangmen village. They have attracted a large number of egrets searching for food and also inconvenienced citizens exercising in the morning. - ECNS.





Wednesday, March 4, 2015

MONUMENTAL DELUGE: Widespread Flooding – The Latest Reports Of High Tides, Heavy Rainfall, Flash Floods, Sea Level Rise, And Catastrophic Storms!

March 4, 2015 - EARTH - The following list constitutes the latest reports of high tides, heavy rainfall, flash floods, widespread flooding, sea level rise and catastrophic storms.


Floods in Northern Spain as Ebro River Breaks its Banks

Floods in Zaragoza, March 2015. Photo: Ana

Levels of the Ebro River have been high for the last 3 to 4 days. By 28 February 2015, the overflowing river had flooded around 20,000 hectares in Aragon, north-eastern Spain.

Since then river levels have continued to rise and have now flooded areas along the river in Zaragoza, the capital of the region and Spain’s fifth largest city.

Levels of the Ebro at Zaragoza are now thought to have peaked. Early on Monday 02 March 2015, the river reached 6.10 meters. Several hours later the level had dropped slightly to 6.06 metres. According to Confederación Hidrográfica del Ebro, as of 11:00 today 03 March 2015, Ebro levels at Zaragoza now stand at 5.28 metres.


Ebros River Levels at Zaragoza since 18 February 2015. Image: Confederación Hidrográfica del Ebro


The worst affected areas are Ribera Alta del Ebro and Ribera Baja, according to the regional government of Aragon. Evacuations have been carried out in the towns of Boquiñeni (900 people) and Pradilla (600 people). The displaced found temporary accommodation with relatives or in local sports centres.


Ebro floods from the air, March 2015. Photo: UME

The flooding has caused damage to bridges and the ARA-1 motorway in Villafranca de Ebro, near Zaragoza.


Bridge / road collapse after Ebro floods, Spain. Photo: UME


Spain’s Unidad Militar de Emergencias (UME) or emergency military units, are providing support to flood victims and affected towns. The UME has deployed 450 troops and 145 vehicles to the flooded areas and are carrying out emergency repairs to roads and bridges, as well as carrying out evacuations and flood rescues.


UME troops working to clear the floods – Photo: UME

Pumping flood water –  Photo: UME

Floods Moving Downstream


A flood alert remains for Zaragoza, although river levels are dropping. There is now a fear that communities downstream will be affected by flooding. According to Confederación Hidrográfica del Ebro, levels of the Ebro are dangerously high at Ascó in Tarragona province, Catalonia, where the Ebro stood at 4.78 metres at 11:00 today, 03 March 2015.


WATCH: Floods in Spain.



38 Dead after Floods in Tanzania



AFP and BBC are reporting that floods have killed 38 people in Kahama district, Shinyanga region in north-western Tanzania. Around 80 others have been injured in the floods which struck late on Tuesday 03 March 2015 after torrential rain, hail and high winds.

Officials estimate that around 3,500 people have been affected by the floods. Homes, roads, crops and livestock have all been severely damaged. Police and authorities are still assessing damage and searching for survivors.

The Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s largest and richest city, was hit by severe floods in April last year, where at least 41 people were thought to have died.

In march last year, heavy rainfall caused deadly flooding in Tanzania’s Arusha and Dodma regions.
The BBC report for the recent floods in Shinyanga can be found here.


6 Killed in Floods in Papua New Guinea



Six people – 5 children and a mother – were killed when flash floods struck in Jiwaka province in Papua New Guinea on Friday 27 February 2015.
The victims were washed away by the flood waters of an overflowing river near to Kaip, a village, close to the border with Western Highlands province.

Around 200 families were affected by the flooding in the area. Jiwaka Provincial Disaster Coordinator and Deputy Provincial Administrator Mr Joseph Amban told local media:

“As a result of the flood up to 200 families were affected and are in need of relief assistance as their food gardens were destroyed by the flood. Domestic animals other properties were also lost.”

Jiwaka province was formed in 2012 and comprises of districts that were previously part of Western Highlands Province.

Recent flooding and landslides have caused damage to homes, roads and farms in the Western and Southern Highlands, Central Province as well as Jiwaka. Roads in the Highlands region have been particularly badly affected. Papua New Guinea’s National Disaster Office said it is still trying to fully asses the damage.

Further Rainfall Expected


Heavy rain has been falling across the country for several days and could be on the way. Rabaul, East New Britain province, saw 62mm of rain in 24 hours between 02 and 03 march 2015, according to WMO.

Papua New Guinea’s National Weather Service have said that rainfall will be at its peak during March, with the Highlands region expected to be worst hit.

Two people died after floods in Kimbe and across the province of West New Britain in early February this year.



Madagascar Floods – More Rain, Death Toll Rises, Antananarivo Remains on Alert

Floods in Antananarivo

More heavy rainfall in Madagascar over the last 24 hours threatens to worsen the flood situation for the 3 regions already suffering (Alaotra Mangoro, Analamanga and Vakinankaratra) and bring flooding to other parts of the country.

Mananjary in Vatovavy-Fitovinany region saw 95 mm of rain in 24 hours between 03 and 04 March, according to WMO. Ambohitsilaozana in Alaotra-Mangoro Region saw 88 mm of rain in the same period.

Antananarivo


Antananarivo is still on a red alert for possible flooding. As of BNGRC’s latest report (03 March 2015, 19:00 local time) further rainfall has meant that levels of the Imamba, Sisaony and Ikopa rivers have started to climb again.

BNGRC are also warning of the threat of landslides in the slopes and hillsides of the city.

Death Toll Rises


There has been one further death since our earlier report, with the death toll from the Madagascar floods now standing at 20.

At least 71,854 people have been affected by the flooding, with 38,498 people displaced. 581 homes have been destroyed and 1,698 damaged in the flooding. BNGRC say that 6,339 hectares of crops, mostly rice, has been destroyed.

13 districts across the 3 regions of Alaotra Mangoro, Analamanga and Vakinankaratra have been affected by the floods. The recent heavy rainfall may widen the affected areas.

Disease


There is also fear of increased disease in the flood affected areas. BNGRC warned that drinking water contaminated by floods, standing water attracting mosquitoes and uncollected garbage in the flood zones may all add to the increase of diseases such as malaria, dengue and cholera. Recent floods in Malawi and Mozambique have resulted in outbreaks of cholera amongst flood victims.


Heavy Rain Turns Antananarivo into a City of Landslides

While residents of Antananarivo living near to the city’s rivers are suffering from the recent floods, those in the hillsides now live in fear of deadly landslides.

Madagascar’s disaster management agency, Bureau National de Gestion des Risques et des Catastrophes (BNGRC) has warned of possible widespread landslides in the capital Antananarivo.

Days of heavy rain have made slopes and hillsides around the city dangerously unstable. According to BNGRC, areas most at risk are Ambolokandrina, Ankatso and the slopes around Manjakamiadana.

Antananarivo Landslide Photos
BNGRC say that they are working with technical to carry out in-depth analyzes of the risks of landslides. The photos below were taken from a helicopter by the BNGRC assessment team. The numerous patches of bare earth dotted around the hillsides, sometimes partly covered with plastic or other material by locals to help stabilise the soil, indicate the location of recent landslides (some landslide locations have been marked in red by BNGRC).







Photo credits: Bureau National de Gestion des Risques et des Catastrophes, Madagascar

Three regions of Madagascar have been suffering from heavy rain and flooding since 26 February. At least 20 people are thought to have died in the floods.


25 Killed in Severe Weather in Pakistan – 161 mm of Rain in Islamabad

A total of 25 deaths have been reported in Pakistan over the last 7 days as a result of recent severe weather.
At least 15 of the deaths came after houses and buildings collapsed after torrential rainfall. At least 8 people were killed in Wah Cantonment in the province of Punjab after houses collapsed there. In similar circumstances, 7 people died in Mohmand Agency in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), the semi-autonomous tribal region in northwestern Pakistan, according to ECHO. Local media report that other deaths occurred in landslides and road accidents.

The country has experienced heavy rainfall since 25 February, when 5 people died in north west Pakistan.

Yesterday Islamabad saw 161 mm of rain fall in a 24 hour period. The town of Dir in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province saw 66 mm of rain, according to WMO figures.


Rain levels in Pakistan. Image: Pakistan National Meteorological Service

The heavy rainfall has caused flooding, disrupted transport and caused power and communication outages.

Further heavy rain and snowfall is has been forecast by Pakistan’s National Meteorological Service. For the next 24 hours at least. The severe weather is likely to affect Islamabad, FATA, Khyber Pakhtunkhua and Punjab provinces.

Northern India


Parts of northern India are also seeing high levels of rain and snow, in particular Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh which has caused landslides and avalanches killing at least 6 people.


Argentina Floods – Thousands Evacuated in Cordoba

Floods in Idiazábal, Córdoba, Argentina, March 2015. Photo: Gobierno de Córdoba

José Manuel de la Sota, the governor of Cordoba province in Argentina, today declared a state of emergency throughout the province.

Parts of the province have been under water for the last 5 days. One local observer said the region had seen 18 consecutive days of rain. Six people died in floods in the province in mid February 2015 after 320 mm of rain fell in 12 hours. Further heavy rainfall over the last 2 days has worsened the situation.

WMO report that 75 mm of rain fell in 24 hours between 02 and 03 March 2015 in Marcos Juárez in Cordoba.

At least 2,000 people have been forced from their homes after flooding across the province. The worst affected areas are the towns of Idiazabal and Balnearia. Idiazábal has been under water since 27 February 2015, when at least 400 people had to evacuated their homes, according to La Voz.

After the recent heavy rain, Totoral, Jesús María, Caroya and Ascochinga can also be added to the list of affected areas.

In a statement, the government of Cordoba said: “The situation is critical, it rained abundantly in places that until now had not been affected and worsened in already flooded areas.”

The statement also said that flooding rivers and increase the flow of water from dams was hampering relief efforts. Affected communities are also spread over a wide area, in the east, north and central parts of the province.

San Luis and Santa Fe Provinces


The provinces of San Luis and Santa Fe gave also been affected by severe weather over the last 2 days. Around 350 people have been evacuated from their homes in San Luis province, which had also been badly hit by floods last month. In Sauce Viejo, Santa Fe, 61 mm of rain fell in 24 hours to 03 March 2015.

Deforestation in Cordoba


Greenpeace Argentina say deforestation is one of the main causes of increased flooding in Cordoba. Their report says:
“despite the enactment of the National Forest Act, land clearing for agriculture and urban development has wiped out native forests in fragile areas”
Greenpeace said that between 2007, when the Forest Act came into force, and mid-2013, as much as 44,823 hectares of forest was cleared.

Hernán Giardini, coordinator of Greenpeace forest campaigner, said:

“Scientists and environmentalists have long been warning that forests are our natural sponge, thus more deforestation means more flooding. It is necessary that politicians and businessmen strictly comply with the Forest Act”

Photos of the floods in Cordoba from Social Media below: