Archive for the 2016 Category

The oldest tree in the world was alive when Stonehenge was under construction and around the time humans developed their first writing system

Posted in 2016 with tags , , , , , on March 12, 2017 by theboldcorsicanflame

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Hidden in the mountains of California, Nevada, and Utah, lurk some of the oldest known long-living species of the Great Basin bristlecone pine, or Pinus longaeva.

One member of this species, noted to be 5066 years old, is considered the oldest known living organism on Earth. The ancient tree can be found in the White Mountains in California, but its exact location is kept secret.

The tree was cored by specialist Edmund Shulman, dedicated researcher and explorer of long-lived trees, and its age was determined by Tom Harlan.

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Natural catastrophe costs soar worldwide in 2016

Posted in 2016, 2017 with tags , , , , on January 5, 2017 by theboldcorsicanflame

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Global natural catastrophe losses reached their highest level in four years in 2016, and the United States experienced the most loss events since 1980, although most of last year’s losses were uninsured, Munich Reinsurance Co. said Wednesday.

Losses from earthquakes, storms and other natural catastrophes totaled $175 billion in 2016, the highest total since the $180 billion in losses experienced in 2012, although insured losses accounted for only $50 billion of losses last year, according to an analysis by the German reinsurer.

“After three years of relatively low nat cat losses, the figures for 2016 are back in the mid-range, where they are expected to be,” Torsten Jeworrek, a member of the Munich Re board of management in Munich, said in a statement.

The costliest natural catastrophes of the year occurred in Asia as two April earthquakes on the southern Japanese island of Kyushu caused $31 billion in damage, less than 20% of which was insured, while floods in China in June and July caused losses of about $20 billion, only about 2% of which were insured, according to Munich Re’s report.

North America experienced more loss events in 2016 than in any other year since 1980, with 160 events recorded, which accounted for $55 billion, or 33%, of global natural catastrophe losses, according to the report. Roughly 54% of the losses in North America last year were insured compared with a long-term average of 44%, according to the report.

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Natural catastrophe costs soar worldwide in 2016

20,000 fish: lobsters, starfish, scallops, crabs & other animals died at Savory Park, Canada

Posted in 2016, 2017, animals with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on January 3, 2017 by theboldcorsicanflame

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30 December 2016

The carcasses of thousands of sea creatures have mysteriously washed up on the western coast of Nova Scotia.

As many as 20,000 fish, lobsters, starfish, scallops, crabs and other animals have turned up dead at Savory Park, Canadian authorities said.

And they have no idea why. Canada’s Fisheries and Oceans department tweeted images of the massive cross-species graveyard.

Environmental officials are testing the water for pesticides and oxygen levels for possible clues. As a precaution, they’re warning consumers to only buy seafood from authorized vendors.

“Dead fish found on shore should not be collected by general public,” the Fisheries and Oceans department tweeted.

According to the US Geological Survey, a number of factors could contribute to fish kills. While toxic chemical exposure can be one cause, most fish kills are attributed to low concentrations of dissolved oxygen in the water, according to the USGS.

Just this year, mass fish deaths were reported in Florida’s Indian River Lagoon and Hongcheng Lake in Haikou,China.

In Florida, dead fish blanketed the Atlantic coast for miles in March. The deaths were caused by a combination of environmental factors. Warmer waters, increased precipitation and pollutant runoff made way for toxic algae blooms and brown tide, ultimately depleting the water of oxygen.

In China, an estimated 35 tons of fish died at Hongcheng Lake in May. While residents blamed the fish kill on pollution, local authorities attributed the incident to changes in salt levels…..

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Family Dog Rescued From Thick Ice by Michigan Firefighters

Posted in 2016, animals with tags , , , on December 31, 2016 by theboldcorsicanflame

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Michigan firefighters (northern United States) on Wednesday intervened on Lake Michigan, to save a dog who fell through the ice in the frozen waters.

The golden retriever was still barking  but over time it began to become lethargic due to the temperature of the water

41 elk died Wednesday morning after falling through ice in East Oregon😭

Posted in 2016, animals with tags , , , on December 28, 2016 by theboldcorsicanflame

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A  herd of 41 elk died Wednesday morning after falling through ice in east Oregon, according to wildlife officials.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife said in a Wednesday Facebook post that the elk perished after falling through the ice on the Powder River.

“After several years of drought, Eastern Oregon is experiencing a real winter this year,” wildlife officials said in the post. “The extra moisture and snowpack will be good for wildlife and habitat in the long run, but conditions may be tough on critters this winter.”

Wildlife officials received a call from a person who lives near the reservoir and witnessed the incident, Brian Ratliff, district wildlife biologist at the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Baker City office told the Baker City Herald.

Ratliff said wildlife officials went to the river to see whether they could save any of the elk, but the conditions were too dangerous, the Baker City Herald reported.

More Than 800 Animals Find Loving Homes Thanks to One Woman Paying All Adoption Fees

Posted in 2016, animals with tags , , , , , on December 26, 2016 by theboldcorsicanflame

Kim Pacini-Hauch doesn’t care about what price she has to pay – she just wants to make sure that every shelter pet in Sacramento has a loving home.

Source: More Than 800 Animals Find Loving Homes Thanks to One Woman Paying All Adoption Fees

Dec 24th 2016: The Countering Disinformation & Propaganda Act was signed into law by Barack Obama on Christmast!

Posted in 2016 with tags , , on December 25, 2016 by theboldcorsicanflame

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While no one was paying attention on Christmas, U.S President Barack Obama used this situation to pass a very controversial law in the 2017 NDAA.

The Countering Disinformation And Propaganda Act was signed into law by Barack Obama which many people say is the inception of the U.S military and governments own Ministry of Truth.

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