Arctic Warming

A rare summer storm blasted the Arctic this week, beginning off the coast of Alaska, and moving over much of the Arctic Sea for several days before dissipating.

Nasa reports that Arctic storms such as this one can have a large impact on the sea ice, causing it to melt rapidly through many mechanisms, such as tearing off large swaths of ice and pushing them to warmer sites, churning the ice and making it slushier, or lifting warmer waters from the depths of the Arctic Ocean.

“It seems that this storm has detached a large chunk of ice from the main sea ice pack. This could lead to a more serious decay of the summertime ice cover than would have been the case otherwise, even perhaps leading to a new Arctic sea ice minimum,” said Claire Parkinson, a climate scientist with NASA Goddard. “Decades ago, a storm of the same magnitude would have been less likely to have as large an impact on the sea ice, because at that time the ice cover was thicker and more expansive.”

 

Earthquakes

300 people have been killed and more than 2 000 injured in the series of earthquakes that hit northern Iran Yesterday.

6.3 Earthquake hits Xinjiang-Xizang border region, China.

5.3 Earthquake hits Reykjanes Ridge in the northern Atlantic.

5.1 and 5.0 Aftershocks hits Northern Iran.

 

Wildfires

15 large wildfires burn across Nevada.

Wildfires in Spain threaten world heritage ancient forest.

 

Disease

West Nile virus outbreak in the Dallas area, Texas, USA. 8 people have died with more than 120 cases reported. The virus is transmitted by mosquitos and the authorities are spraying against the spread of the insects.

Hundreds contract gastroenteritis in Kashmir, India after drinking contaminated water.

 

Floods and Storms

Tropical Storm Hector forms in the Eastern Pacific. The storm is moving away from land.

The death toll in the recent floods that hit Manila in the Philippines has risen to 85.

Floods in the eastern Sudan. 1 000 families lose their homes.

Tornado confirmed on east Long Island, New York, USA.