Rainforests

The rate at which wildlife is dying off in the remaining fragments of rainforests in Brazil is greater than previously thought. What was previously one cohesive area of rainforest where wildlife could roam free has now been cut up and divided by roads, cities, farms, and other forms of deforestation.

In the 196 fragments of forest visited, scientists found only 4 of the 18 mammal species they were looking for.

Among the highly endangered creatures were howler monkeys and marmosets. And species like white-lipped peccaries, which are similar to pigs, have been completely wiped out.

The situation was worse than previously thought. All the charismatic species, the large primates, the large ungulates, brocket deer, tapirs, giant anteaters, jaguars, the large cats have all but disappeared.

Storms

Tropical Storm Kai-Tak brings more heavy rains to northern Luzon in the Philippines. Manila has been warned to expect more floods. The tropical storm will continue to move northwestward today towards southeastern China.

 

Earthquakes

5.3 and 4.6 Earthquakes hit Reykjanes Ridge in the north Atlantic.

5.1 Earthquake hits northern Iran.

4.9 Earthquake hits south of the Mariana Islands.

 

Disease

The hand, foot, mouth disease outbreak in Washoe County, Nevada, USA continues to spread with over 400 cases reported.

The disease is spread by direct contact with nose and throat discharges (coughing, sneezing), saliva, or fluid from blisters.

There is no treatment or vaccine for the disease, so the best defense is prevention.

 

Wildfires

Wildfires north-east of San Diego, California.

Wildfire in central Washington burns at least 60 homes. Thousands flee.

Bushfires in forest regions of Sri Lanka.