Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.3 earthquake hits the Izu Islands off Japan.

5.6 earthquake hits Taiwan.

5.2 earthquake hits off the east coast of North Island, New Zealand.

5.1 earthquake hits Fiji.

5.0 earthquake hits Tonga.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.

NewsBytes:

Serbia – Torrential rains over 24 hours caused floods Monday in central Serbia that covered roads, washed into homes and damaged bridges. Bulging creeks and overflowing sewers flooded dozens of houses in several towns and villages, forcing some residents to flee their homes or escape to the buildings’ upper floors.

USA – Flood warnings and watches are in effect from Minnesota down to Louisiana as water continues to rise. In Arkansas, water is nearly up to the rooftops of many homes as the banks of the Arkansas River spill over into neighborhoods. While some homes are already underwater in the Pine Bluff area, officials are warning others nearby to be prepared for evacuation. Forecasters expect water levels to rise another two feet.

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Global Warming

Australian Report Lays Out Devastating Consequences Climate Change Could Have By Mid-Century

According to analysis put together by a Melbourne, Australia-based think tank, climate change is “a near- to mid-term existential threat to human civilization” which “threatens the premature extinction of Earth- originating intelligent life or the permanent and drastic destruction of its potential for desirable future development.” The analysis goes on to describe what could happen in as little as three decades if the problem isn’t seriously addressed and combated with a massive global effort.

The report says that the risk to the planet is far more dire than most people seem to think, and that the potential devastation is hard to comprehend because it falls “outside the human experience of the last thousand years.”

It also says, again like many previous reports, that the “point of no return” is quickly approaching, and could arrive around 2050. If/when this happens order would break-down both domestically and internationally. The report states that the only way to counter the impending disaster would be with an effort “akin in scale to the World War II emergency mobilization,” which we already know is way too optimistic.

The report comes to the conclusion that the earth’s current path will probably lock in a global heating temperature of at least three degrees Celsius. They go on to say that this would trigger an acceleration of the collapse of ecosystems “including coral reef systems, the Amazon rainforest and in the Arctic.” Additionally the report notes that even coming up short of this projection would still have disastrous consequences, writing “Even for 2°C of warming, more than a billion people may need to be relocated and in high-end scenarios, the scale of destruction is beyond our capacity to model with a high likelihood of human civilization coming to an end, two billion would have to deal with major water scarcity, agriculture would be devastated in the sub-tropics, and food production would dramatically reduced.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Arizona, USA

The Maroon Fire, north of Flagstaff, has burned 7,000 acres and is now 20% contained, according to Kaitlyn Webb, fire prevention officer of the U.S. Forest Service. The wildfire was caused by a lightning strike on May 16, and there is about 140 personnel working to contain it. The fire is going to continue to burn for a while until some heavy rain makes its way into the area.

Disease

Ebola – DR Congo

Aid agencies in the Democratic Republic of the Congo are set to announce that more than 2,000 people have been infected with Ebola since the outbreak was declared in August last year.

So far, there have been 1,994 confirmed and probable cases of infection with the virus, making the outbreak the second largest in history. New cases are being reported at a rate of around 10 every day. Some 1,339 people have died.

Measles – USA

The United States recorded 41 new measles cases last week, bringing the year’s total number of cases to 981 in the worst outbreak of the disease since 1992, federal health officials said on Monday.