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Australia: 50 percent of Koalas died in fires

Australia: 50 percent of Koalas died in fires 86
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Voracious fires in Australia have devastated almost 50,000 square kilometers of forest and caused the death of half the world’s population of koalas.

Approximately half of the population of healthy Koalas which could have secured the future of the species, died after a fire destroyed a sanctuary.

The fatal incident occurred in the Kangaroo Island, rich in wildlife and where it is estimated 50,000 koalas lived.

Sam Mitchell of the Kangaroo Island Nature Park said in a statement:

More than 50% (of the population of koalas) has disappeared. The wounds are extreme. Others have run out of habitat to go, so they will starve in the coming weeks. ”

Australia: 50 percent of Koalas died in fires
Ellenborough Lewis, the koala rescued from the forest fire in Australia died of serious burns. Credit: Saeed Khan / AFP

Many species of animals have suffered from the advance of the wildfires. It is estimated that 500 million animals have perished so far from the fires.

Conditions have worsened in recent days. Kangaroo Island lost approximately 170,000 hectares, a third of its entire territory.

Fake Rain News

In recent days, many media reported that a great rain extinguished a good part of the fires in Australia. A video was broadcast showing a group of firefighters celebrating in the rain. However, it is a video recorded in November 2019.

Many users shared the news on networks and various websites propagated the false information, indicating that the aforementioned video had been filmed on January 4, 2020.

There have been rains but quite mild, and have not stopped the progress of the flames as indicated by firefighters who have been working for several weeks.

US firefighters are heading to Australia

A group of 20 veteran firefighters from California (USA) will travel to Australia on January 6 to support firefighting efforts.

Australia: 50 percent of Koalas died in fires
Firefighter fights the intense flames in Australia. Credit: EFE

Carrie Bilbao, spokesman for the National Interagency Fire Brigade Center in Boise, Idaho, said the fire brigade delegation is moving to Australia and at the same time they are collecting the necessary resources for their trip.

The crew of American firefighters that leave this Monday will replace another group sent to Australia at the end of December.

The delegation includes firefighters with experience in attacking fires directly before they become “big hell” and members of helicopter crews.

It has also been reported that famous artists have come to Australia to help, mainly to raise funds for donations to firefighters. Among the artists are: Nicole Kidman and Pink, who have contributed money to support the fight against fires.

Source: The guardian / EpochTimes


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Polar vortex: “wild” winter is coming in the US, Northern Europe and East Asia after the 16th of January

Polar vortex: "wild" winter is coming in the US, Northern Europe and East Asia after the 16th of January 91

In the upper atmosphere above the North Pole, experts saw a rapidly swirling vortex of cold air that could bring severe frosts to the United States, Northern Europe and East Asia. Serious cold snap and snowy weather are expected after January the 16th.

Snowfalls and a cold snap hit South Korea since the start of 2021, hitting historic snow maximums and temperatures. In the country, for the first time since 1964, television and newer communications are sending people cold snap warnings:

The situation is similar in Japan, where a new snow storm hit historic highs:

On January 7, the thermometer In Beijing dropped to -20 degrees Celsius, breaking the 1966 record. In other regions of China, the temperature is also not sugar, and you can only move around in special uniforms:

The cold even reached Taiwan, where the temperature in some areas dropped below freezing point, snow poured down and people realized that rice terraces can be used as a ski jump:

Even more snow went to Spain, where on January 6, 2021, a temperature of -34.1 ° C was recorded – the lowest on record. After that, a snow storm hit the country, which has not been seen for 80 years:

The same thing happens in Canada and in the northern states of the United States:

It seems that after a stratospheric warming, the subpolar vortex began to split:

The vortex itself is a standard phenomenon. However, this time experts were surprised at his movement. It is possible that in the near future it will be divided into two parts. 

Scientists associate the strange behavior with the changed climate in the Arctic, which has become warmer. From September to December, the amount of ice cover decreased significantly.

The polar vortex is a low-pressure region located in the stratosphere and filled with cold air. When the jet stream of air that holds the vortex weakens, the low pressure area moves south. 

As the ice shrinks, more moisture will move inland. It will turn to snow, so snowfalls are expected. Snow, in turn, reflects heat, leading to a cold snap.

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Hospital in Naples was evacuated after a new, huge sinkhole appeared

Hospital in Naples was evacuated after a new, huge sinkhole appeared 92

Eyewitnesses said they heard a loud crash at dawn when a huge hole in the ground formed outside the Ponticelli Ospedale del Mare hospital in eastern Naples.

Early in the morning of January 8, 2021, a sinkhole occurred in the parking lot of a clinic in Naples. The depth of the formed cavity is about 20 meters, the total area of ​​the hole is about 2,000 square meters.

No casualties were found at the scene; firefighters say the sinkhole “affected an area of ​​about 500 square meters” and engulfed several cars parked near the hospital.

As the press writes and as a little can be seen from the videos, rescuers and firefighters were running around the pit together with the governor of the area.  But who should be there in the forefront are Italian geologists, since Naples stands in the very center of the volcanic system known as the Phlegrean Fields.

If the surface collapsed, moreover – the surface reinforced with concrete and reinforced from below with some kind of communications, then we are talking about serious soil deformations caused by the activity of magma.

Italy has been in doubt since the summer of 2020, because swarms were observed there in very atypical places in May, and according to the forecasts of old Italian seismologists, who had witnessed many strong earthquakes, it should have boomed in the August region.

Fortunately, nothing bad happened to Italy and there was no big earthquake. But, since there are swarms, it means that something is being prepared, the magma is gathering strength. 

Following this particular sinkhole event – an obvious sign that a major earthquake in Italy is already very close.

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A new great pandemic cycle has begun (again) in China

A new great pandemic cycle has begun (again) in China 93

In the first months of 2020, the whole world with a certain fright followed the events unfolding in China, where people fell on the streets during the day and astronauts wandered, and in the evening crematoria began to smoke. And now, with the onset of December, the cycle seems to be repeating itself.

Shunyi area in Beijing, where the authorities announced “wartime status” the day before. As you can see in the videos, thousands of people are lined up in the queue for mandatory testing:

Dalian city, where “wartime” is also declared. Neighborhoods are blockaded, people are walled up in entrances, familiar characters of George Lucas roam the streets:

Chinese ‘rescuers’, before performing a combat mission:

Chengdu City:

Daluo Port, Yunnan – tourists came for adventure and they received the ‘time of their life’ after leaving the ramp:

If something happens in Beijing, it does not mean that tomorrow the same will happen everywhere. However, the trend towards such dynamics is observed and, as the practice of the first wave of the pandemic has shown, all countries and people, to one degree or another, have taken into account the ‘Chinese experience’. 

Therefore, one must think that everything will now be in peace, as in spring – a new global round of the fight against the Covid has begun in China, a new great pandemic cycle!

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