Category Archives: Earth

Ways to Save Earth: Pulling CO2 From the Air to Make Gasoline

I hear a lot of dismay out there about the environment, but I believe there is still hope for the planet Earth, that we might even reverse the ongoing Holocene extinction if we humans stop squabbling and really get our act together. As one great example, it is said to be possible to undo the greenhouse effect we have created by extracting CO2 from the air in order to reverse climate change. The technology already exists, in fact, it just needs to be scaled up.

From its pilot plant in Squamish, British Columbia, Carbon Engineering has successfully developed and demonstrated its technologies and has been removing CO2 from the atmosphere since 2015 and converting it into fuels since 2017.

Carbon Engineering

This technology is not fringe, but is supported by Bill Gates, Canadian Natural Resources Limited founder Murray Edwards, Occidental Petroleum and Chevron, among others.

Presently, Carbon Engineering’s Direct Air Capture system can remove a ton of CO2 from the air for about $100. Individual systems would be set to capture about a million tons of CO2 per year, requiring some tens of thousands of systems to keep up with global emissions and reduce atmospheric CO2 to normal levels by 2040.

There are just under 70,000 gas stations in the United States alone, so that isn’t very many to save the planet. …

Read more: Forbes

The above is from an article by James Conca. I suspect he is missing something important with regard to his previous promotion on Forbes about it being okay to dump all the radioactive water from Fukushima into the Pacific ocean, but that’s another topic for another post.

True Strange News

How Ancient Greeks Knew the Earth’s Size

The video below is a great strange little lesson in science history and human ingenuity. Having brains that instinctively build models and extrapolate from those models has been one secret of our species’ great success.

Carl Segan explains how the ancient Greeks knew the earth was round and also it’s appropriate size thousands of years ago.

A Seaweed Stops 99% of Cow Methane Emissions

Cows normally produce a lot of methane, a greenhouse gas, which is one reason eating less beef and dairy helps the environment. Less demand equals fewer cows and a less greenhouse gas. As some will not change dietary habits, this discovery is very interesting. Just a small amount of the sea weed Asparagopsis reduces cow’s methane emissions by 99%.

Researchers want to mass-farm a native Queensland seaweed, which stops cows burping methane, in a bid to help cut the country’s greenhouse gas emissions.

A previous study by the CSIRO discovered adding a small amount of Asparagopsis to the cow’s diet reduced the amount of the gas the animal produced by up to 99 per cent.

It found the chemicals in the algae diminished the microbes in cows stomachs which caused them to pass air.

Associate Professor Nicholas Paul from the University of the Sunshine Coast said if enough of the algae was grown it could reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Australia by 10 per cent.

“When added to cow feed at less than 2 per cent of the dry matter this particular seaweed completely knocks out methane,” he said.


Are cows really a problem?

A dairy cow can produce up to 400 litres of methane per day! When burned, this is enough energy to power a small fridge for a day.


How much methane does a cow produce?A single cow, on average, releases 70 to 120 kgs of methane per year. Now, it is important to remember that we’re talking about a single cow. Worldwide, there are approximately 1.5 billion cows and bulls, each emitting that much methane. That’s a lot of extremely harmful greenhouse gas! Methane is 23 times more harmful than carbon dioxide.


Cows emit a massive amount of methane through belching, with a lesser amount through flatulence. Statistics vary regarding how much methane the average dairy cow expels. Some experts say 100 liters to 200 liters a day (or about 26 gallons to about 53 gallons), while others say it’s up to 500 liters (about 132 gallons) a day. In any case, that’s a lot of methane, an amount comparable to the pollution produced by a car in a day.


Growing and feeding this sea weed to all cows in the world seems like a great thing. It may even make their lives a bit better.

Now if only we had a sea weed gasoline additive that stopped 99% of car, truck, bus, plane and ship emissions.

Tornado Missed Hitting Earth + Weirdest Weather 2019

There is a city in the state of Texas named “Earth”. On or around, a tornado was confirmed west of the town of Earth, “just north of Highway 70 – moving northeast” and it “just missed Earth to the north” according to a tweet by the National Weather Service in Lubbock Texas. @NWSLubbock

I’ve been enjoying looking at all the recent weird 2019 weather, things I missed watching the news.

Here’s a sample. There were record highs in June 2019 in the usually snowy state of Alaska.

There was a US rash of tornadoes, nearly 300 confirmed in the last two weeks of May 2019.

Some very unusual weird fusilli clouds were seen around June 21, 2019 in Colorado.


Very unusual hail with spikes reportedly fell in Lindsborg, Kansas.

Thunderstorms were caught on radar putting out a wildfire in Florida.

An airport video camera caught a lightning strike that left a hole in the tarmac at an airport in Kansas.

Fears about a frozen river causing problems lead China

A tornado spared a house. On March 3, 2019, in Waverly Hall, Georgia a two-story house (lower-center in image) sustained relatively little damage, despite the downing of nearly all surrounding trees.

A lot more weird weather so far in 2019 is listed on the Weather Channel here. I think we are going to see plenty more. Stay tuned.


Up to 6 ft of Ice: After Hot Month, Freak Hailstorm Covers City

My award for the strangest story today goes to a huge freak hail storm in Mexico. After a month of hot weather (up to the 90s,) the city of Guadalajara experienced a freak storm that damaged about 30 cars and 60 homes and covered the city in 3 to 6 feet of ice and snow.

Residents of Guadalajara, Mexico, woke up to an unusual surprise over the weekend, after an intense hailstorm left the city streets buried in snow.
Parts of the city were covered in up to 6 feet of snow and ice, as authorities worked to clear out the roads, according to CBS News. …

The weather is even more remarkable because, in the past month, the city had often experienced temperatures up to 90 degrees Fahrenheit, NPR reported.

Read more Wate

The freak weather event also brought thunder and flash flooding, the latter which may have carried the accumulated hail and caused it to build up into massive piles.

Prior to the storm, Guadalajara had been experiencing summer temperatures of over 85°F. 

Read more Aol

On Periscope, @LeoSchwebel and several others posted video of what they saw in the city.

Tic tok posted this video of a scene from the city after the storm on YouTube

@HT_IC6 posted this photo on Twitter with the comment: “Last night. Let’s keep drilling, pumping, and burning fossil fuels like there is no tomorrow.

Time will tell if this is a one time event or the start of more frequent weather instabilities.

Live Giant Squid + Lightning Coincidence

How smart is a giant squid? Do they have comprehension and powers beyond our imaginations? Just a week ago, in the Gulf of Mexico (June 18, 2019) a curious live giant squid was recorded for only the second time in history.  It approached the faintly blinking lights on a decoy which was disguised as a bioluminescent jellyfish.

… eight legs unfurl, revealing its large suckers that it uses to inspect the device. The moment the giant squid realizes that the lights aren’t a jellyfish, it jets away. …

“We’re talking about an animal that can get to 14 meters [45 feet] in length,” said Nathan Robinson, director of the Cape Eleuthera Institute, who was part of the team that recorded the video. “[The giant squid] has captured the imaginations of countless people, yet we have no idea what it’s like, how it behaves or its distribution — where you find it. It remains this mystery. We know it’s out there, we just know nothing about it.”

This highly unusual sighting next gets weirder. As the team is reviewing the footage, lightning strikes the boat and explodes the antenna the crew would have used to transmit the video to a squid expert while at the site.

Before the team could send the footage to a squid expert, lightning struck the ship.

“This all happened during a lightning storm,” Robinson told Live Science. “As we were crowded round watching this footage, we heard a huge crack. We ran outside — there’s a plume of black smoke bleeding out from the back of the boat because our antenna had literally exploded. And then we immediately ran back inside because we were like, ‘Oh my, what if that just fried all of our computers?'”

One of the computers on board was fried, but thankfully, not Robinson’s, which stored the giant squid footage. And if that wasn’t enough excitement, about 30 minutes later, a water tornado, known as a water spout, threatened their ship.

Read the full story at LiveSci

This is so astonishing, something right out of a movie.

As yet no one is claiming that the mysterious giant squid can control the weather to hurl lightning with great accuracy to attack ships, but think about the odds: A lightning bolt explodes the antenna and fries one of the computers as the team is looking at the footage on the boat, about to transmit it. Perhaps the squid can create bubbles of ions that float up past the water’s surface and into the atmosphere to act as a guide to direct lightning.

Below is another image of a different sighting. For perspective, the spooky human-like eye on this creature is as big as your head. The giant squid has eight legs, a parrot beak for ripping flesh and it carries around a CBS logo to help it’s branding for social media.

This video is from the most recent sighting in the Gulf of Mexico:

Now that we’ve had a look, though, could it be that giant squid like and deserve their privacy and we should politely leave them the bleep alone? I think so. If they want to venture out of the blackness and do a funky eight legged squid dance for us, they might, but until these BIG old creatures start broadcasting themselves legally on TV, I’d stop harassing them with fake jellyfish. Let them be. The next time, they may not just hit an antenna with lightning.

Is there anyone else like me who might enjoy seeing some more powerful and more intelligent species bring us down a notch? I think there have been UFO sightings near US military bases where our most powerful weapons mysteriously go offline. I’m not saying it was the giant squid … but then again, we know next to nothing about them. 😉

Are there several other stealthy intelligent species already on earth, smarter creatures than even these Thor Squids, beings who very purposefully stay hidden? We may never know.


New Species Recorded During Historic Dive

An explorer from the USA named Victor Vescovo has used a Triton submarine to boldly go where no one has gone before. While doing so he discovered what appears to be a new animal species never before seen by humans in one of the most isolated places on Earth. Here’s a still image:

In the submarine called Limiting Factor, Vescovo descended 23,596 feet into the deepest part of the Java Trench in the Indian Ocean, becoming the first human to dive to its depths. …

This was his third dive as part of the Five Deeps Expedition and it occurred April 5, though it was just announced this week in a news release.

via USA Today

It was at the bottom that the team captured video footage of an extraordinary gelatinous animal—perhaps a stalked Ascidian (aka Sea Squirt) which does not resemble anything seen before.

This blue vaguely dog head shaped beast with a long thin stalk is amazing:

Congratulations to Vescovo on the discovery and the journey.

Best DYI Car Hail Protection Rig

Mid April 2019 many Texans without carports rigged up protection against damaging hail storms. There were inflated floaties and bags of mulch tied to cars, but my favorite was this design.

Ryan Bussey had a creative use for dozens of pool noodles in face of the storm.

See more NBC4

It would make a great pool fence for the back yard when not functioning as a hail shield.

Alert: 37 Million Face New Tornadoes, Floods

CORRECTION: The original title here said “37 million Texans” and while 37 million people were under flood warnings in multiple states, the entire population of Texas in 2019 is estimated to be 29 million according to World Population Review. As additional fact checking, last year the population of Texas was only 28.7 million. (28,701,845 – 2018 est).

UPDATE (May 4, 2019): “Deadly Flooding From Michigan to the South Damages Homes, Sends Mississippi River to 157-Year-High in Davenport, Iowa”

This still from a drone video shows how bad the flooding is in Davenport, Iowa right now:

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In the last few days 30 million have been under a flash flood warning from Texas to Illinois. Missouri is having flooding and the Mississippi River is at levels not seen in a decade.

Today, Friday May 3, 2019, severe flooding is affecting Houston Texas. One radar image at 8:40 PM EDT shows a focused line of very heavy rain. Buildings have been damaged by at least two tornadoes.

A tornado was spotted in Fayette County during severe weather on May 3, 2019, leaving behind some damage to several buildings. 

Read more at SpectrumLocal

A church was destroyed in Plum, Texas, but no one was injured.

Earlier Friday morning, Fayette County law enforcement had confirmed a tornado near Flatonia. There was also a possible tornado along Highway 71 west of La Grange, Texas, according to the SPC. 

There were reports of damage in both areas, and photos from the Fayette County EMS show structural damage to industrial buildings, trees, cars and power lines.

Fayette County EMS Director Sharon Muzny shared on Facebook a photo of a nearly destroyed church in Plum, Texas. 

Read more KXAN

Via Facebook by Tandy Fuller
Via Facebook by Susan Pavlas

The latest confirmed tornado on Friday touched down in near Eagle Lake, Texas, just before 1:30 p.m. CDT, according to the Storm Prediction Center (SPC). 

Read more Accuweather

Good luck and stay safe if you are in the danger zones.