Earthquakes

5.6 and 5.0 Earthquakes hit Mindanao in the Philippines.

5.3 Earthquake hits New Guinea in Papua New Guinea.

5.2 Earthquake hits Tonga.

Three 5.0 Earthquakes hit near the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

Environment

The United Nations climate talks in Doha, Qatar, went a full extra 24 hours and ended without increased cuts in fossil fuel emissions and without financial commitments between 2013 and 2015.

The Doha Gateway creates a second phase of the Kyoto Protocol to cut fossil fuel emissions by industrialised nations from 2013 to 2020 but does not set new targets. There is also no financial support to help poor countries adapt to impacts of climate change – only agreement for more meetings in 2013. Talks will also begin next year to create a “mechanism” to assess damages and costs for countries suffering losses from climate change.

Finally, the Doha Climate Gateway has an agreed outline for two years of negotiations on a new global climate treaty that would go into legal force in 2020.

The general impression gained from environmental groups seems to be one of disappointment that another opportunity to take substantive steps to address and combat the impact of climate change has been squandered.

Drought

The northeast of Brazil is going through the worst drought in nearly 50 years. The cattle industry is particularly hard hit with almost 50 % of herds dying of starvation in some districts.

Drought

Wildfires

Several large bushfires tore through half a dozen properties on North Stradbroke Island off Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

Storms and Floods

Typhoon Bopha weakens to tropical storm and brings heavy downpours to the northern Philippines, but there were no reports of floods. In the south, the death toll has risen above 600 with more than 800 still missing. The UN is to make an international appeal for aid for the more the 5 million flood victims.

Heavy Snowfall in Europe

-Heavy Snowfall in South-Eastern and Central Europe has killed nine people. Four people are reported to be killed in Serbia, three in Czech Republic and two in Croatia.

-Snow has been falling for more than 30 hours in most parts of Serbia. Worst situation is in Vojvodina and there is more than 20 centimeters of snow in Belgrade.

-Bulgaria’s National Institute of Hydrology and Meteorology has announced code orange for parts of the country.

-All Bulgaria-Serbia crossing points for freight vehicles are closed due to bad weather conditions.

-Snowstorms have also caused travel chaos across the Balkans.

-Blizzards and cold wave hit Slovenia and Bosnia.

Floods that hit North Barito district in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia since Dec 3 have inundated 8,872 homes in between two and four metres of water.