Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global
5.8 Earthquake hits southern Alaska.
5.3 Earthquake hits South Africa.
5.1 Earthquake hits southern Xinjiang, China.
5.1 Earthquake hits the Panama-Costa Rica border.
5.0 Earthquake hits Oaxaca, Mexico.
5.0 Earthquake hits offshore Bio-Bio, Chile.
5.0 Earthquake hits east of North Island, New Zealand.
Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:
No current tropical storms.
China – A massive landslide on the northern bank of the Daning River in Wushan County of Chongqing Municipality, southwest China has left one missing and injured four others.
Vietnam – Flash floods triggered by a tropical storm Kujira have killed seven people and left four others missing in a northern Vietnamese province. Flash floods washed away more than 20 houses in the province. Tropical Storm Kujira which slammed northern coast on Wednesday has now dissipated, according to the national weather forecasters. The storm has dumped up to 20 centimetres (nearly 8 inches) of rain on many parts of northern region over the past two days.
Philippines – Three people were confirmed dead as overnight heavy rains in South Cotabato province caused rivers to swell, causing flash floods and landslides, reports said. Authorities estimate that at least 10,000 people had been affected by the flooding. The flood waters have reached as high as 1.5 metres in some areas.
Landmark Global Warming Decision in Netherlands Court
In a landmark case that may set a very important precedent for other countries around the world, especially within Europe, the Dutch government has been ordered by the courts to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent.
The ruling came from a class-action lawsuit that was brought before the Dutch courts by Urgenda in 2012. The case, rather magnificently, was based on human rights laws. Specifically, Urgenda asked the courts to “declare that global warming of more than 2 degrees Celsius will lead to a violation of fundamental human rights worldwide,” and that the Dutch government is “acting unlawfully by not contributing its proportional share to preventing a global warming of more than 2 degrees Celsius.”
Today, a Dutch court at The Hague ruled in favour of Urgenda, ruling that the Netherlands’ plans to cut emissions by only 14-17 percent from 1990 levels by 2020 were illegal. Moreover, the wording used by the judges in the ruling is incredibly strong and clear-cut: “The state should not hide behind the argument that the solution to the global climate problem does not depend solely on Dutch efforts … Any reduction of emissions contributes to the prevention of dangerous climate change and as a developed country the Netherlands should take the lead in this.”
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