Category Archives: “Mother Nature Hates You”

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Zachary Brown was baiting bears at Wizard Lake Outfitting in Stony Plain, Alberta, on May 20, when he was charged by a mother bear.Brown, an experienced hunter, had only intended to record the female bear on video. The reasons she charged him, he said in accompanying text, were that didn’t let her know right away he was there, and was too focused on filming and let the bear get too close.

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Most dramatic images of Maryland’s catastrophic flash flood

As flash flooding rips through Maryland, knocking down cars and soaking the ground floors of buildings, locals trapped by the deluge have been posting videos and photos of the calamity.

Videos showing muddy water running through the Ellicott City, which has been the hardest hit by the raging waters, have inundated social media.

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Cape Town faces Day Zero: what happens when the city turns off the taps?

Cape Town Reservoir

In 10 weeks engineers will turn off water for a million homes as this South African city reacts to one-in-384-year drought. The rich are digging boreholes, more are panic-buying bottled water, and the army is on standby

The head of Cape Town’s disaster operations centre is drawing up a plan he hopes he never has to implement as this South African city on the frontline of climate change prepares to be the first in the world to turn off the water taps.

“We’ve identified four risks: water shortages, sanitation failures, disease outbreaks and anarchy due to competition for scarce resources,” says Greg Pillay. “We had to go back to the drawing board. We were prepared for disruption of supply, but not a no-water scenario. In my 40 years in emergency services, this is the biggest crisis.”

The plan – being drawn up with the emergency services, the military, epidemiologists and other health experts – is geared towards Day Zero, the apocalyptically named point when water in the six-dam reservoir system falls to 13.5% of capacity.

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