Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.


Washington State, USA – Parts of Western Washington are covered in water, forcing families from their homes. The city of Sumas is flooded after the Nooksack River overflowed its banks overnight. Only once before this century has the entire city of Sumas been covered in water. The USA/Canada border crossing had to be closed.

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Rwanda – Flooding and mudslides triggered by heavy rainfall have claimed the lives of at least 13 people in Kigali, the capital city of Rwanda. Floodwater swept away 15 houses in Kigali and left some roads inaccessible.


Kidnapped Lion Cub

A male baboon in the Kruger National Park in South Africa “stole” a lion cub from its pride while foraging for food and then took it up a tree to groom it. It is not known what happened to the cub, but the male baboon would not know how to raise the lion cub, which would probably have died if not reunited with its pride.



Novel Coronavirus – China

The spread of the Wuhan coronavirus shows no signs of slowing, as China reported another major spike in both confirmed cases and deaths in the region at the heart of the epidemic.

The total number of confirmed cases in China stands at 20,438 as of Tuesday morning, an increase of 3,235 on the previous day — an over 18% jump. The death toll is now at 425 in China, an increase of around 65 from Sunday.

Outside of China, the prevalence of the virus remains far lower, but more than 185 cases have been reported in over two dozen countries and territories. Two people have died outside mainland China since the outbreak began. One in the Philippines, and another in the semi-autonomous Chinese city of Hong Kong.

Lassa fever – Liberia

The Liberia Ministry of Health reports an increase in Lassa fever cases since the beginning of the year. In just the week ending Jan. 26, the country saw 10 confirmed cases. Since the beginning of 2020, the West African country reported a cumulative total of 55 cases.


Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.2 earthquake hits eastern Sichuan, China.

5.0 earthquake its Fiji.


Wildfires – Australia

More homes are believed to have been destroyed by bushfires in southeastern NSW where hundreds of properties have already been lost in blazes this summer.

Strong winds and high temperatures on Saturday night pushed the massive 177,000-hectare Border fire north towards Bega Valley while three separate blazes burning southwest of the region merged into one.

There were 70 fires burning in NSW as of Sunday evening with 30 not yet contained. There are 2,200 firefighters in the field.


Dengue Fever – Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka reported more than 100,000 dengue fever cases in 2019, one of the most active dengue years on the island country. Health officials continue to see high numbers of dengue fever during the beginning of 2020. During January, health officials saw 8,435 cases.

Kenya – Anthrax

Health officials in Bomet County, Kenya report 18 people from a local village have been hospitalized for suspected anthrax after consuming infected meat.


Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.4 earthquake hits off shore Chiapas, Mexico.

5.0 earthquake hits near the north coast of Papua, Indonesia.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.


Tanzania – At least thirteen people have died and around 15 000 people have been left homeless after flash floods in Iringa and Lindi in southern Tanzania.

Australia – Adelaide and parts of South Australia were battered by thunderstorms and heavy rainfall with flash floods in some areas. Power was cut to several thousand homes.

Canada – Relentless rain along British Columbia’s southern coast has closed roads, swollen rivers and prompted a state of local emergency in the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island. A number of homes had to be evacuated.

USA – Major flooding and landslides have been reported in Western Washington. Rivers continue to rise with potential for moderate to major flooding in some areas, including the Snohomish River which is now above 27 feet. Stillaguamish River near Granite falls reported major flooding. King, Lewis and Skagit counties remain under flood watch until Sunday morning.

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Dengue Fever – Paraguay

In a follow-up on the dengue fever outbreak in Paraguay, the Ministry of Health now reports 35,801 suspect cases through the fourth week of 2020, three times the number of cases reported in all of 2019 (11,811).

Novel Coronavirus

Philippines reports the first novel coronavirus death outside China, while Sweden and Russia reported their first cases.


Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.7 earthquake hits south of Fiji.

5.3 earthquake hits Salta, Argentina.

5.2 earthquake hits Tonga.

5.2 earthquake hits near the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

5.1 earthquake hits near the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

5.1 earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.

5.1 earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.

5.0 earthquake hits the Gulf of Alaska.

5.0 earthquake hits the Banda Sea.

Global Warming

Carbon Pollution

Smoke from the massive Australia bushfires of recent months will contribute to an anticipated record annual rise in atmospheric carbon emissions this year, according to Britain’s Met Office.

The CO2 concentration is predicted to peak above 417 parts per million (ppm) in May, while the 2020 average should be around 414 ppm. That would be nearly 3 ppm above the 2019 average, according to the agency.

Smoke from the protracted bushfire crisis will contribute up to one-fifth of the CO2 increase caused by global warming’s altered weather patterns and the resulting effects on the landscape, the British experts say.

As our planet gets greener, plants are slowing global warming

In a new study, published in Nature Reviews Earth & Environment, the researchers report that climate-altering carbon emissions and intensive land use have inadvertently greened half of the Earth’s vegetated lands.

Green leaves convert sunlight to sugars while replacing carbon dioxide in the air with water vapor, which cools the Earth’s surface. The reasons for greening vary around the world, but often involve intensive use of land for farming, large-scale planting of trees, a warmer and wetter climate in northern regions, natural reforestation of abandoned lands, and recovery from past disturbances.

And the chief cause of global greening we’re experiencing? It seems to be that rising carbon dioxide emissions are providing more and more fertilizer for plants, the researchers say. As a result, the boom of global greening since the early 1980s may have slowed the rate of global warming, the researchers say, possibly by as much as 0.2 to 0.25 degrees Celsius.


Middle East respiratory syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV – United Arab Emirates

Health officials in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) reported an additional two (2) laboratory-confirmed cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in January.

Novel Coronavirus

Bavaria – A ministry spokesman said in Munich that, the seventh locally acquired coronavirus case in Bavaria had been confirmed.

USA – The third case has been reported in California and the seventh case confirmed in the United States.

India – India health officials reported the first confirmed novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) case Thursday in Kerala.

Thailand – Thailand health officials reported five additional novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) cases– four in Chinese nationals and one in a Thai national. This brings the total to 19 cases in the Kingdom.

Italy – On Thursday, Italy reported the first two confirmed cases of infection in two Chinese tourists.

China Update – Chinese health authorities reported (computer translated) 2102 cases of new coronavirus infection today, including 46 deaths. As of January 31, the national health committee received 31 provinces (autonomous regions and municipalities) and Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps reported a total of confirmed cases 11791 cases (Jiangxi, Shaanxi Province, Gansu Province, each subtract 1 case), and a total of 259 deaths.