Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.2 Earthquake hits the Molucca Sea.

5.6 Earthquake hits Taiwan.

5.1 Earthquake hits offshore Tarapaca, Chile.

5.1 Earthquake hits the southern east Pacific rise.

5.0 Earthquake hits offshore Tarapaca, Chile.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Kashmir-Xinjiang border.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Tropical Storm Krovanh is located approximately 391 nm north-northeast of Andersen AFB, and is tracking west-northwestward at 13 knots.

Invest 93L is an area of disturbed weather in the North Atlantic that has the potential for tropical development.

Invest 95L is an area of disturbed weather in the North Atlantic that has the potential for tropical development.

Invest 95C is an area of disturbed weather in the Central Pacific that has the potential for tropical development.

NewsBytes:

Utah, USA – Update – Flash floods in Hildale, Utah have claimed the lives of at least sixteen people and left four others missing. According to Reuters, flash floods near Utah’s border with Arizona killed 12 people and left one missing. Similarly, four people died and three went missing in Zion National Park to the north, after going to explore canyons.

Wildlife

Marine life in oceans has almost halved

Marine mammal, birds, fish and reptile populations have almost halved since 1970, according to a report which is a “wake-up call” to tackle the crisis in the world’s oceans.

The study by conservation group WWF and the Zoological Society of London looked at how 5,829 populations of 1,234 species of marine creatures had fared in the past 45 years and found a 49 per cent drop in numbers in the face of over-fishing and habitat loss. Some species people rely on for food are faring even worse, such as the Scombridae family of fish which includes tuna and mackerel have fallen by almost three quarters (74 per cent).

Sea cucumbers, which are prized as luxury food in Asia, have been significantly exploited, with a 98 per cent decline in the Galapagos and 94 per cent drop in the Egyptian Red Sea in just a few years.

Habitats are being affected by human activity, with an estimated loss of 29 per cent of seagrass area – important for food, stabilising the seabed and acting as a nursery for many species – since 1879, and mangrove cover down a fifth since 1980.

Climate change is also beginning to have an impact with carbon dioxide being absorbed into the oceans and making them more acidic which damages species with shells, warming seas are hitting corals and fish are having to shift their range.

Declines were most severe in the 1970s and 1980s, due to a “gold rush” as improved technology allowed increasing levels of fishing, and have largely stabilised since 1990, although there is evidence of new declines in the past few years, WWF said.

Despite declines slowing on a global level, experts warned populations were not at the levels they should be and were not recovering.

The conservationists said there were steps that governments and consumers could take to reverse the declining trend. Networks of marine protected areas, where some damaging activities such as destructive types of fishing are banned or limited, needed to be created, and implementing the soon-to-be-agreed Sustainable Development Goals, one of which focuses on the oceans, would hopefully have an impact.

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Global Warming

Arctic Sea Ice Annual Minimum

Arctic sea ice hit its annual minimum extent for the summer on Sept. 11, 2015. The ice covered 1.7 million square miles (4.41 million square kilometers), seen here superimposed on the 1981-2010 average, drawn as a gold line. 2015 represents the fourth lowest since satellite observations began.

Arctic sea ice minimum