Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.2 Earthquake hits the D’Entrecasteaux Islands.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Owen fracture zone.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Near Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Tropical storm 09w (Chan-Hom), located approximately 145 nm east-southeast of Rota, is tracking northeastward at 11 knots.

Tropical cyclone 25p (Raquel), located approximately 44 nm northwest of Honiara, Solomon Islands, is tracking west-southwestward at 08 knots.

Tropical storm 10w (Linfa), located approximately 205 nm northeast of Manila, Philippines, is tracking northwestward at 07 knots.

Tropical storm 11w (Nangka), located approximately 45 nm west-southwest of Utirik, is tracking northwestward at 13 knots.

Invest 95E and 96E are areas of disturbed weather in the East Pacific which have the potential for tropical development.

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Wildlife

Polar bears in peril due to global warming

Polar bears are at risk of dying off if humans don’t reverse the trend of global warming, a blunt U.S. government report filed Thursday said.

Greenhouse gas emissions contribute to global warming, which is reducing the amount of summer sea ice in the Arctic. Polar bears use sea ice for feeding, mating and giving birth. The Office of Naval Research said the past eight years have had the eight lowest amounts of summer sea ice on record.

“The single most important step for polar bear conservation is decisive action to address Arctic warming,” the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said in a draft recovery plan, part of the process after the agency listed the species as threatened in 2008.

“Short of action that effectively addresses the primary cause of diminishing sea ice, it is unlikely that polar bears will be recovered.”

Halting Arctic warming will require a global commitment, said Jenifer Kohout, the Fish and Wildlife Service’s regional program manager and a co-chair of the polar bear recovery team.

“In the meantime, the Fish and Wildlife Service and its partners are committed to doing everything within our control to give the bears a chance to survive while we await global action,” she said during a teleconference Thursday.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Saskatchewan, Canada

Hundreds of wildfires burning across northern Saskatchewan have forced thousands of residents from their homes. This year’s unusually active fire season has already drained the provincial firefighting budget, according to Premier Brad Wall. Crews in northern Saskatchewan spent Canada Day battling the wildfires.

Disease

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV)

Between 19 and 30 June 2015, the National IHR Focal Point for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia notified WHO of 6 additional cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection.

Between 1 and 3 July 2015, the National IHR Focal Point of the Republic of Korea notified WHO of 2 additional confirmed case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV).

Meningococcal disease outbreak – Thailand.

An outbreak of meningococcal disease has killed one patient in Satun province, Thailand. 22 locals who recently developed a fever are being monitored by provincial health units for a period of 20 days. Health officials who came in contact with those under surveillance have also been given medication to curb the spread.