Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.1 Earthquake hits the southeast Indian ridge.

5.1 Earthquake hits the southwestern Ryukyu Islands off Japan.

5.0 Earthquake hits Fiji.

5.0 Earthquake hits Hokkaido, Japan.

5.0 Earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Eastern Pacific: Tropical Storm Lester is located about 1155 mi…1860 km NNW of Honolulu Hawaii with maximum sustained winds…50 mph…85 km/h. Present movement…NNE or 15 degrees at 16 mph…26 km/h.

Tropical Storm Newton is located about 55 mi…85 km NW of Hermosillo Mexico and about 180 mi…285 km SSW of Tucson Arizona with maximum sustained winds…60 mph…90 km/h. Present movement…N or 10 degrees at 18 mph…30 km/h.

Invest 91E is an area of disturbed weather in the East Pacific that has the potential for further tropical development.

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Global Warming

Global warming making oceans ‘sick’

Global warming is making the oceans sicker than ever before, spreading disease among animals and humans and threatening food security across the planet, a major scientific report said on Monday.

The world’s waters have absorbed more than 93 percent of the enhanced heating from climate change since the 1970s, curbing the heat felt on land but drastically altering the rhythm of life in the ocean, he said.

The study included every major marine ecosystem, containing everything from microbes to whales, including the deep ocean.

It documents evidence of jellyfish, seabirds and plankton shifting toward the cooler poles by up to 10 degrees latitude.

The movement in the marine environment is “1.5 to five times as fast as anything we are seeing on the ground,” the Report said. “We are changing the seasons in the ocean.”

The heat also means microbes dominate larger areas of the ocean.

The study includes evidence that ocean warming “is causing increased disease in plant and animal populations,” it said.

Pathogens such as cholera-bearing bacteria and toxic algal blooms that can cause neurological illnesses such as ciguatera poisoning spread more easily in warm water, with direct impact on human health.

Meanwhile, the hotter oceans have killed off coral reefs at an unprecedented rate, reducing fish species by eliminating their habitats

Wildlife

World’s Largest Gorilla Species at Risk of Extinction

The population of the world’s largest ape has collapsed over the last two decades. Fewer than 4,000 Grauer’s gorillas remain in the wild, and now conservationists warn that the animals are at risk of extinction.

Officials from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) announced Sunday (Sept. 4) that they’re raising the threatened status of the Grauer’s gorilla from “endangered” to “critically endangered,” the highest category before extinction.

Grauer’s gorillas (Gorilla beringei graueri) are a subspecies of the eastern gorilla. They are found in fragmented forest habitats in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo, where they mainly subsist on fruit and other plants and can grow up to 5.5 feet (168 cm) tall and weigh up to 440 lbs. (200 kg).

Earlier this year, the Wildlife Conservation Society and Fauna and Flora International released a report documenting a77-percent drop in the number of Grauer’s gorillas over the span of a single generation, from an estimated 17,000 individuals in 1995 to 3,800 today.

The authors of the report pointed to bushmeat hunting and civil war in the DRC as major drivers of the population collapse and recommended that the species be listed as critically endangered.

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Wildfires

Wildfires – France

Fires that ravaged more than 1,000 hectares (2,500 acres) of vegetation in the south of France have been brought under control, although high winds and hot weather conditions remain a concern for firefighters.

Multiple fires broke out on Monday evening in the Marseille area and the nearby departments of Aude and Tarn, requiring more than 1,000 firefighters to intervene.