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  1. We keep hearing about the impending 'methane surge', either from melting methane ice, mainly under the Arctic Ocean sea bed, or melting permafrost. Fact is, though, atmospheric methane was rising faster in the 80s, than it is today, and from about 1999 to 2007 it 'flatlined', with no significant increase. Annual methane increase or decrease is far more erratic than CO2. Since 1984, the highest annual increase was 14.05 parts per billion (ppb) in 1991, and the smallest was a decrease of 4.88 ppb in 2004. No one knows why there are such annual discrepancies. In the past year to Novembe
  2. Got my rescheduled vaccination (Oxford/Astra Zeneca) a little over two hours ago, and so far no soreness, headache, or anything else to report. Twelve weeks to wait for the second jab, which seems a bit long.
  3. My vaccine appointment was for 6.55 pm today, at a centre in a suburb of East Kilbride, called High Whitehills. The Strathaven to EK bus goes a very circuitous route, which includes the road past the centre. More on that, later. It was dark, and I was looking out of the window, but didn't see the familiar sites that would have indicated time to get off. The driver had been speaking to the only other passenger, and telling him that he was new and unfamiliar with the route, which would explain why he was 16 minutes late leaving Strathaven, making me late for the appointment. I concluded tha
  4. From the LA Times A coronavirus variant that emerged in mid-2020 and surged to become the dominant strain in California not only spreads more readily than its predecessors, but also evades antibodies generated by COVID-19 vaccines or prior infection and is associated with severe illness and death, researchers said. In a study that helps explain the state’s dramatic surge in COVID-19 cases and deaths — and portends further trouble ahead — scientists at UC San Francisco said the cluster of mutations that characterizes the homegrown strain should mark it as a “variant of concern” on par
  5. A H5N8 strain of bird flu has been detected in humans for the first time, among seven workers who were infected at a Russian poultry plant in December. There is no evidence of the strain being transmitted between humans, but Russia has reported the transmission to the World Health Organization. The workers now feel well, and “the situation did not develop further”, according to Dr Anna Popova, head of consumer health watchdog Rospotrebnadzor. She said the workers had been infected during an outbreak of the strain at the plant. Outbreaks of the strain have been reported in Russia
  6. Some of the effects of global warming can be extremely counterintuitive. It has long been predicted by climate scientist that the Arctic would experience above average warming, due to positive feedback effects. However, no one predicted the consequences of this, which we're now seeing. The very cold polar air mass is held in place by the polar jet stream, which moves in a 'wavy', undulating manner, from west to east. The jet stream is a result of the temperature contrast between polar and sub polar air masses. As the Arctic has warmed more than the sub Arctic, the temperature contrast has
  7. I've just had my 'blue envelope' vaccination appointment through the letter box. It's a 16 mile round trip to East Kilbride. Luckily, the centre is on the bus route. The government appears to have been pretty efficient with the roll out, but how hard can it be to have local health centres in small towns administer it?
  8. Doctors in Japan warn of long lasting Covid symptoms in young people. Doctors are warning that many people who contract the coronavirus, especially younger patients, are suffering after effects for a lengthy period of time despite subsequently testing negative for the virus. “Most of them are in their 40s or younger. The government needs to take the issue seriously and implement countermeasures,” one of the doctors said. The after effects include malaise and difficulty breathing. In severe cases, patients became bedridden even though they had been diagnosed with a mild case of C
  9. From the LA Times "California scientists have discovered a homegrown coronavirus strain that appears to be propagating faster than any other variant on the loose in the Golden State. Two independent research groups said they stumbled upon the new strain while looking for signs that a highly transmissible variant from the United Kingdom had established itself here. Instead, they found a new branch of the virus’ family tree — one whose sudden rise and distinctive mutations have made it a prime suspect in California’s vicious holiday surge. As they pored over genetic sequencing dat
  10. The 1889-90 Russian flu pandemic may have been caused by a novel coronavirus. The 1889–1890 flu pandemic, also known as the "Asiatic flu" or "Russian flu", was a pandemic that killed about 1 million people worldwide, out of a population of about 1.5 billion. It was the last great pandemic of the 19th century, and is among the deadliest pandemics in history. It is not known for certain what agent was responsible for the pandemic. Since the 1950s it has been conjectured to be Influenza A virus subtype H2N2. A 1999 seroarcheological study found the strain to be Influenza A virus subtype
  11. New coronavirus variant identified in German hospital. The article says it's different from the UK, South African and Brazilian variants, and that it's too early to say if it's more contagious. But with 35 out of 73 patients and staff in the hospital infected with it, it certainly seems to be more contagious. "A new variant of the coronavirus has been identified in a hospital in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, a Bavarian ski town, local media reported Monday. Last Tuesday, the hospital discovered an "abnormality" for the first time in a coronavirus test device that indicated it was not
  12. Californians face unprecedented fire blackouts in January. "In an unprecedented move, California utilities are warning they may need to cut power to more than 280,000 homes and businesses to prevent live wires from sparking wildfires as high winds are set to sweep through the drought-weary state. Edison International’s Southern California Edison said 277,078 customers in multiple counties including Los Angeles face blackouts within 48 hours due to a forecast of a strong Santa Ana wind event. None of its customers that had been affected by earlier cuts are facing power outage as of Su
  13. Excellent article on the evolution of the virus. https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2021/01/coronavirus-mutations-variants/617694/
  14. A more dangerous and infectious Covid strain found in Lebanon. PCR tests administered in Lebanon in the past few days have shown a change in the genetic makeup of coronavirus (COVID-19), an official has revealed. “50% of the tests during the past days showed the presence of a new type of virus, the danger of which is that it spreads faster,” MP Ali Al-Miqdad, a member of the Parliamentary Health Committee, told the National News Agency on Friday. PCR tests conducted in two major laboratories in Lebanon showed a genetic change in the virus, Al-Miqdad said, adding that it is not y
  15. The NASA GISS global temperature anomaly for December has just been added to the table data, and it's surprisingly small - just the sixth warmest December on record, and the lowest anomaly for any month since August 2018. That makes 2020 the joint warmest year on record with 2016 at 1.02 C above the 1951-80 average. The reason for the low anomaly is the recent development of a La Nina in the tropical Pacific, which is the cool counterpart of El Nino. A record strong El Nino boosted global temperatures in 2016. https://data.giss.nasa.gov/gistemp/tabledata_v4/GLB.Ts+dSST.txt Howe
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