Earthquakes

6.2 Earthquake hits Baja California. The quake was widely felt in Mexico, but apart from people rushing outdoors in panic, there have been no reports of fatalities or serious damage.

5.4 and 5.1 Earthquakes hit the Tonga Islands region.

5.2 Earthquake hits the Fiji Islands region.

5.2 Earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.

5.2 Earthquake hits south of the Kermedec Islands north of New Zealand.

5.0 Earthquake hits off the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

4.9 Earthquake hits the Fox Islands in the Aleutian Islands off Alaska.

Environment

A study conducted for governments of 20 developing countries suggests that more than 100 million people will die and global economic growth will be cut by 3.2 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) by 2030 if the world fails to tackle climate change.

As global average temperatures rise due to greenhouse gas emissions, the effects on the planet, such as melting ice caps, extreme weather, drought and rising sea levels, will threaten populations and livelihoods, said the report conducted by humanitarian organisation DARA.

It calculated that five million deaths occur each year from air pollution, hunger and disease as a result of climate change and carbon-intensive economies, and that toll would likely rise to six million a year by 2030 if current patterns of fossil fuel use continue.

More than 90 percent of those deaths will occur in developing countries, said the report that calculated the human and economic impact of climate change on 184 countries in 2010 and 2030. It was commissioned by the Climate Vulnerable Forum, a partnership of 20 developing countries threatened by climate change. Link

Wildfires

Wildfires in Southern California have destroyed 20 homes and threatened several hundred more in rural areas near San Diego.

Storms and Floods

Super Typhoon Jelawat, which has intensified to a Category 5 typhoon with 160 mph winds. Jelawat is Earth’s second Category 5 storm of 2012; the other was Super Typhoon Sanba. Jelawat is approaching China’s east coastal regions, bringing rain and gales.

Typhoon Jelawat

Floods and gale force winds wreak havoc on England and Scotland’s transport routes. Many people are facing a night in temporary accommodation after a second day of heavy rain brought flooding and travel chaos to parts of the UK.

Tens of thousands of people have been made homeless by heavy monsoon flooding in the Pakistani provinces of Balochistan and Sindh. About 120 000 homes have been destroyed and tens of thousands of tents are now being distributed to flood victims.