Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.6 earthquake hits southern Sumatra, Indonesia.

5.5 earthquake hits the Galapagos Islands.

5.3 earthquake hits south of the Kermedec Islands.

5.2 earthquake hits Antofagasta, Chile.

5.2 earthquake hits Java, Indonesia.

5.0 earthquake hits northern Sumatra, Indonesia.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Southern Hemisphere – Tropical cyclone (tc) 21s (Twenty-one), located approximately 253 nm north-northwest of Port Hedland, Australia, is tracking southward at 09 knots.

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NewsBytes:

Wales – More than a dozen flood warnings are in place in Wales and flooding has closed roads and forced the cancellation of trains.

Global Warming

Carbon Emissions Fall

Carbon emissions from the global electricity system fell by 2% last year, the biggest drop in almost 30 years, as countries began to turn their backs on coal-fired power plants.

A new report on the world’s electricity generation revealed the steepest cut in carbon emissions since 1990 as the US and the EU turned to cleaner energy sources.

Overall, power from coal plants fell by 3% last year, even as China’s reliance on coal plants climbed for another year to make up half the world’s coal generation for the first time.

Coal generation in the US and Europe has halved since 2007, and last year collapsed by almost a quarter in the EU and by 16% in the US.

Wildlife

Britain to Restore Sea Meadows

Seagrass meadows were once common around the UK coast, but more than 90% have been lost as a result of algae-boosting pollution, anchor damage and port and marina building. The meadows, however, store carbon 35 times faster than tropical rainforests and harbour up to 40 times more marine life than seabeds without grass, facts that are driving the effort to bring them back.

The Seagrass Ocean Rescue project will ultimately place 20km of rope and a million seeds on the shallow seafloor in Dale Bay, Wales, where they will sprout through the growbags and restore the habitat. Plans are in place to expand the project around Britain.

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Disease

COVID-19

Japan – NHK says the total number of cases has risen to 1,278, including 696 from the Diamond Princess cruise ship and 14 returnees on charter flights from China.

South Korea – TThe Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released its latest update, reporting 242 new coronavirus cases. The total number of cases in the country now stands at 7,755.

USA – The National Guard has been mobilised in New York to help combat the spread of the disease.

UK – The UK Health Minister has been diagnosed with the disease.

Italy – Coronavirus has killed 168 more people in Italy in the past 24 hours, the highest toll in a single day since the start of the outbreak in the country. The coronavirus outbreak has killed 631 people and infected more than 10,000.