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Turkey, Russia agree to set up Syria 'safe zone', joint patrols

Turkey and Russia agree on syria patrolsTurkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, have agreed to push back Kurdish fighters from a "safe zone" along the Turkish-Syrian border, after marathon talks in Sochi.

The leaders of Turkey and Russia have agreed to set up an Ankara-ruled "safe zone" in northeast Syria and run joint patrols around the area, hours before a five-day truce between Turkish and Kurdish-led forces ended in the region.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, held talks in Sochi on Tuesday regarding the security situation in northeast Syria following the launch of Turkey's operation on October 9 aimed at driving Kurdish-led fighters Ankara considers "terrorists" from the border area.

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Powerful coastal storm known as a 'bomb cyclone' will blast the Northeast from New York to Maine

Nor'easter to hit northeastern USA powerful coastal storm will unleash soaking rain and howling winds through Thursday from the mid-Atlantic to New England.

The strong winds – potentially gusting up to 60 mph – may cause some tree damage and power outages, the National Weather Service said. Up to 3 inches of rain could fall in this storm, especially from eastern New York to southern Maine, where flash flooding is possible.

The latest forecast shows the storm will strengthen at a fast enough pace from Wednesday to Thursday to be classified as a "bomb cyclone," AccuWeather said. The barometric pressure has to fall at least 24 millibars, or 0.71 inches, in 24 hours for the bomb cyclone criteria to be met, in a process known as bombogenesis.

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Scientists endorse mass civil disobedience to force climate action

Julia SteinbergerIn a joint declaration, climate scientists, physicists, biologists, engineers and others from at least 20 countries broke with the caution traditionally associated with academia to side with peaceful protesters courting arrest from Amsterdam to Melbourne.

Wearing white laboratory coats to symbolize their research credentials, a group of about 20 of the signatories gathered on Saturday to read out the text outside London’s century-old Science Museum in the city’s upmarket Kensington district.

“We believe that the continued governmental inaction over the climate and ecological crisis now justifies peaceful and non-violent protest and direct action, even if this goes beyond the bounds of the current law,” said Emily Grossman, a science broadcaster with a PhD in molecular biology. She read the declaration on behalf of the group.

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25 Homes, More Than 4,700 Acres Burn In Saddleridge Fire Near Los Angeles

25 homes, 4,700 acres burn

A quick-moving wildfire is churning through the foothills of Southern California, forcing local authorities to issue mandatory evacuations for some 100,000 people in the San Fernando Valley north of Los Angeles.

The blaze, which officials have named the Saddleridge Fire, ignited late Thursday in the city of Sylmar. By Friday morning, it had torched roughly 4,700 acres, according to the latest alert by the Los Angeles Fire Department.

"This is a very dynamic fire," Los Angeles Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas said at a Friday morning press conference.

At least 25 structures have been destroyed and more property assessments are planned throughout the day.

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Travel will be 'impossible' in the Dakotas as blizzard could bring up to 3 feet of snow

Winter storm: 3 ft. of snow in Dakotas

Blizzard conditions have forecasters urging residents in portions of the Dakotas to travel only in emergencies as strong winds from a potent fall snowstorm whipped up heavy, accumulating snow.

By Friday night, an "all-out blizzard" is anticipated from central and northeastern South Dakota to central and eastern North Dakota, according to AccuWeather meteorologist Bernie Rayno. Unnecessary travel should be avoided in these areas.

The National Weather Service in Grand Forks, North Dakota, said the "forecast event total (through Saturday) snowfall ranges from 1 to 3 feet ... we repeat feet ... an incredibly impactful storm ... prepare for impossible travel for several days in hardest hit areas."

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Winter storm could bring up to 2 feet of snow to central and western USA

Historic storm to hit central and west USA "potentially historic" winter storm will slam the north-central USA over the next few days with up to 2 feet of snow possible in some areas.

Snow will accumulate from eastern Washington and Montana to Colorado, the Dakotas, Minnesota and northern Wisconsin, the Weather Channel said. Record low temperatures are also possible Thursday and Friday across the western USA.

The system  will produce severe storms and heavy rain Thursday in the southern Plains and critical-to-extreme fire weather threats from the central and southern Rockies to California, the National Weather Service said.

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The Earth just had its hottest September on record

Hottest September on record - 2019The heat goes on.

The Earth just had its warmest September on record, tying a mark set in 2016, according to data released Friday by the Copernicus Climate Change Service, a European group that measures the planet's temperatures.

Globally, September 2019 was roughly 1.02 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than the average from 1981-2010, "making it the warmest September in our data record, although virtually on a par with 2016," the group said in a statement.

"Regions with the most markedly above average temperatures included the central and eastern USA, the Mongolian plateau and parts of the Arctic. Much below average temperatures were only recorded in a few regions, including southwestern Russia and parts of Antarctica," the group said.

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