Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms

Tropical storm Yagi was located about 279 nm south-southwestward of Yokosuka, Japan. Yagi is expected to die out well before it reaches any land, according to the latest Japanese forecasts and Joint Typhoon Warning Center updates. Yagi is tracking further east than earlier forecast.

Sandstorm in Nevada, USA

A sandstorm in Northern Nevada has killed one and injured two others. The sandstorm caused a 26-vehicle pileup on Interstate 80 about 160 miles northeast of Reno.

Deadly Lightning in Nepal

Lightning strike in Baglung, Nepal has claimed the lives of at least two people with at least nine people having been injured of which three are in critical condition.

Submerged Village – Germany

As cars and homes lie abandoned, this was the scene of devastation today at Fischbeck in central Germany after the entire village became submerged when a dyke burst.

Unable to withstand pressure from the swollen river Elbe after weeks of heavy rain, the levee was breached overnight, prompting officials to evacuate ten villages in the area.

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Global Warming

Global Warming To Rise To 3.6-5.3 Degree Celsius

The world is not on track to limit the global temperature increase to 2 degrees Celsius, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said in a report on Monday, which warns that unless more is done to tackle energy sector emissions, the international community will see a spike in temperature increase of between 3.6 and 5.3 degree Celsius.

IEA urged governments to swiftly enact four energy policies that would keep climate goals alive without harming economic growth.

“Climate change has quite frankly slipped to the back burner of policy priorities. But the problem is not going away – quite the opposite,” IEA Executive Director Maria van der Hoeven said in London at the launch of a World Energy Outlook Special Report, Redrawing the Energy-Climate Map, which highlights the need for intensive action before 2020.

Noting that the energy sector accounts for around two-thirds of global greenhouse-gas emissions, she added: “This report shows that the path we are currently on is more likely to result in a temperature increase of between 3.6 °C and 5.3 °C but also finds that much more can be done to tackle energy-sector emissions without jeopardizing economic growth, an important concern for many governments.”

New estimates for global energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in 2012 reveal a 1.4% increase, reaching a record high of 31.6 gigatonnes (Gt), but also mask significant regional differences. In the United States, a switch from coal to gas in power generation helped reduce emissions by 200 million tonnes (Mt), bringing them back to the level of the mid-1990s. China experienced the largest growth in CO2 emissions (300 Mt), but the increase was one of the lowest it has seen in a decade, driven by the deployment of renewables and improvements in energy intensity. Despite increased coal use in some countries, emissions in Europe declined by 50 Mt. Emissions in Japan increased by 70 Mt.

The new IEA report presents the results of a 4-for-2 °C Scenario, in which four energy policies are selected that can deliver significant emissions reductions by 2020, rely only on existing technologies and have already been adopted successfully in several countries.

The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) responded to the report, saying that international efforts to mitigate the phenomenon are insufficient to meet the goal of keeping global warming to below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.


Hepatitis A – USA

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says an outbreak of hepatitis A linked to a frozen berry mix sold at Costco has grown to 87 people with illnesses in eight states.

Thailand – Dengue Fever and Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease Outbreaks

Thai Health Ministry officials say that since the beginning of the year, there has been a total of 39,029 people treated for dengue, of whom 44 have died. Half the patients were under the age of 15.

They are even making the dire prediction of 100,000 cases and 100 deaths by year’s end.

That number would be significantly higher than the huge numbers of 2012 where Thailand health officials recorded 74,250 cases of the mosquito borne viral disease and 79 deaths.

In addition to the dengue outbreak, health authorities are reporting more than 11,000 cases of hand, foot and mouth disease during the first five months of 2013.

Data from the Ministry’s Disease Control Department shows a total of 11,678 people with the majority being children.

Singapore Dengue Outbreak Worsens

As weekly dengue-fever infections surge to a record, Singaporean health officials are stepping up efforts to beat back a tropical-disease outbreak that could become the city-state’s worst ever.

More than 9,400 people here have been infected by the mosquito-borne dengue virus so far this year, resulting in two deaths, according to the National Environment Agency. Weekly counts surged to an all-time high of 820 cases in the week that ended June 8, topping the previous record of 713 cases in 2005.


Wildfires – Colorado, USA

More than 3,600 people were evacuated as a wildfire in east central Colorado burned quickly through dry timber Tuesday.

Low humidity, high temperatures and fast wind gusts helped the fire grow quickly to 400 acres and caused officials to issue evacuation orders for more than 2,500 homes.

The area under threat from the fire — known as the Black Forest Fire — is in rural Colorado, just northeast of Colorado Springs. The area is heavily wooded and many of the homes are on large parcels of land.

The fire, which is estimated to be 400 acres, will likely grow quickly.


Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity:

Veniaminof (Alaska Peninsula, USA): A weak eruptive activity has started from the volcano. Since last night, weak ash emissions have appeared from the central cone of the caldera of the volcano. The new activity is accompanied by a persistent steam plume and increasing volcanic tremor. So far there seem to be no lava flows or other significant eruptive processes.

Sabancaya (Peru): Seismic unrest continues. Earthquake numbers have shown a light increase since May, the latest report of IGP from 5 June shows. In particular, the number of volcanic-tectonic earthquakes (related to rock fracturing) has risen. The location of most quakes,- the area where magma possibly is intruding at depth,- remained the same as during the previous months, about 8 km NE of the volcano, near the village of Hornillo.