Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.1 Earthquake hits central Peru.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Banda Sea.

5.1 Earthquake hits Kyushu, Japan.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Hurricane Ophelia is located about 475 mi…765 km E of the Azores and about 965 mi…1550 km SSW of Mizen Head Ireland with maximum sustained winds…105 mph…165 km/h. Present movement…NE or 45 degrees at 35 mph…56 km/h.

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Typhoon 24w (Khanun), located approximately 108 nm south-southwest of Hong Kong, is tracking west-northwestward at 17 knots.

Newsbytes:

Thailand – Areas of Thailand’s capital, Bangkok have been severely disrupted after being hit by flash floods. The floods triggered by an overnight downpour were the heaviest Bangkok had seen in 25 years and overwhelmed the city’s drainage system. At least 55 major roads were submerged by floodwater which caused traffic jams across the capital with locals forced to wade through thigh-deep water.

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Vietnam – The death toll in Vietnam from landslides and heavy rain triggered by a tropical depression earlier this week has climbed to 68, with another 34 people missing. The Vietnam Disaster Management Authority said in a statement on Sunday that the disasters have also injured 32 people, damaged infrastructure and killed more than 230,000 livestock in central and northern regions.

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Wildlife

Drilling in the Arctic Wildlife Refuge

The Trump administration and congressional Republicans in recent weeks have renewed the fight over opening part of an enormous wildlife refuge in northern Alaska to oil and gas exploration.

The battle over the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, which pits Republicans in Washington and much of the political and business establishment in Alaska against congressional Democrats and environmental and conservation groups, has been going on for decades. With Republicans holding both houses of Congress and the presidency, the prospects for opening the refuge, at least to studies of its oil and gas potential, are better than they have been in years.

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Global Warming

Geoengineering – Not a Quick Fix

Leading climate scientists have warned that geoengineering research could be hijacked by climate change deniers as an excuse not to reduce CO2 emissions, citing the US administration under Donald Trump as a major threat to their work.

David Keith, a solar geoengineering (GE) expert at Harvard University has said there is a real danger that his work could be exploited by those who oppose action on emissions, at the same time as he defended himself and colleagues from the claims GE strengthens the argument for abandoning the targets set by the Paris climate agreement.