Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.4 earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

5.3 earthquake hits southeast of the Loyalty Islands.

5.2 earthquake hits the southern east Pacific rise.

5.2 earthquake hits Kepulauan Talaud, Indonesia.

5.2 earthquake hits southeast of the Loyalty Islands.

5.2 earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.1 earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.1 earthquake hits southeast of the Loyalty Islands.

Two 5.0 earthquakes hit southeast of the Loyalty Islands.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Western Pacific Ocean: Typhoon 30w (Phanfone), located approximately 584 nm east-southeast of Da Nang, Vietnam, is tracking west-northwestward at 07 knots.

In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 04p (Four), located approximately 320 nm north-northwest of Suva, Fiji, is tracking south-southeastward at 11 knots.

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NewsBytes:

Turkey – An entire neighborhood and tens of streets and avenues have been flooded during the unremitting rainfall which started in the southern province of Adana in the evening on Dec. 23. Damage to both housing and agriculture from the torrential rains is being assessed. Schools were suspended for two days, and rescue teams are being dispatched to save stranded people.

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Global Warming

China’s Incentive To Pollute: Global Warming Is Big Business

While most countries are fast decreasing greenhouse gas emissions, China’s overall carbon emissions almost tripled between 2000 and 2018. The country now accounts for almost 30 percent of the world’s carbon emissions, while only numbering 18 percent of the world’s population.

China’s rapid economic growth, averaging about 9.1 percent annually since 2000, according to self-reported figures and based in large part on fossil-fuels, is alone sufficient to push global warming beyond the safe temperature of 2°C within 16 years.

China is disincentivized to limit its own greenhouse gas emissions as 1) its internal economy depends on the burning of cheap energy, and 2) its growing clean energy exports, including solar, wind, hydro, and nuclear, depend on world demand to limit the effects of global warming. China’s authoritarian leadership depends for its survival on compensating its population, which cannot vote, through quick and dirty economic growth.

The Northeast warms ahead of rest of USA

Northeast states are among the fastest warming in the U.S., a trend that can be detected down to the county level. Here’s a look at how air temperatures in each county over the past five years compares with 20th century averages. In much of the region, the greatest temperature changes follow the coastline.

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Wildfires

Wildfires – Chile

Firefighters struggled to control the blaze on a hillside in Valparaíso on Christmas Eve which destroyed dozens of homes. The city’s mayor said the fire might have been set intentionally.

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Disease

Measles – Samoa

UN health officials report the measles situation in Samoa is stabilizing and post-peak, with decreasing numbers of cases. The Samoa Ministry of Health confirms a total of 5,603 measles cases have been reported since the outbreak started. There were 23 recorded in the last 24 hours. To date, 80 measles related deaths were reported.+