Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.9 Earthquake hits Seram, Indonesia.

5.4 Earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits Far of Macedonia.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Western Pacific: Tropical Storm 05w (Nanmadol), located approximately 117 nm east-southeast of Iwakuni, Japan, is tracking north-northwestward at 34 knots.

NewsBytes:

Japan – Typhoon Nanmadol made landfall near the city of Nagasaki at around 8 a.m. on July 4, and is expected to bring heavy rain across the country. The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) has warned of landslides, rising rivers, flooding, as well as tidal waves. According to the JMA, extremely strong winds have been blowing over the sea off the coasts of northern and southern Kyushu. The maximum wind velocity in the city of Nagasaki was 41.6 meters per second (approximately 150 kilometers per hour).

China – More than 50 people have been killed and hundreds of thousands evacuated as floods swept through parts of central and southern China after days of heavy rain. Over 11 million people have been affected and total economic losses have exceeded 25 billion yuan (US$3.7 billion or HK$29 billion) in 11 provinces, including Hunan and Sichuan and Guangxi. The death toll stands at 56 with more than 22 people missing as of Tuesday morning in those provinces. More rain is expected from Wednesday until Sunday in seven provinces, including Hunan and Sichuan, which have already been badly hit, according to the water resources ministry.

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Global Warming

Stephen Hawking: Trump Pushing Earth’s Climate ‘Over The Brink’

The world’s best-known living physicist, Stephen Hawking, says that President Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris climate change accord could lead humanity to a tipping point, “turning the Earth into Venus.”

“We are close to the tipping point where global warming becomes irreversible,” Hawking told the BBC. “Trump’s action could push the Earth over the brink, to become like Venus, with a temperature of 250 degrees, and raining sulphuric acid.”

Hawking, who is best known for his discoveries about black holes, called climate change “one of the great dangers we face, and it’s one we can prevent if we act now.

“By denying the evidence for climate change, and pulling out of the Paris Climate Agreement, Donald Trump will cause avoidable environmental damage to our beautiful planet, endangering the natural world, for us and our children,” Hawking told the BBC.

Disease

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Lebanon

On 19 June 2017, the national IHR focal point of Lebanon reported one additional case of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection.