Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.4 earthquake hits New Ireland, Papua New Guinea.

5.2 earthquake hits New Ireland, Papua New Guinea.

5.1 earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.

5.0 earthquake hits Hokkaido, Japan.

5.0 earthquake hits the Pacific Antarctic ridge.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Post-Tropical Cyclone One-E is located about 770 mi…1240 km sw of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…30 mph…45 km/h. Present movement…nw or 305 degrees at 9 mph…15 km/h.

NewsBytes:

Vietnam – Severe thunderstorms in Vietnam have claimed the lives of three people, injured 13 and damaged almost 6,000 homes. One person died in Ha Giang province after being hit by a fallen tree. Others lost their life when the house collapsed following a rockslide.

Wildlife

Farmed Fish Are Becoming More Dangerous to Eat

A report in Nature Communications has linked global warming to spreading antibiotic resistance in farmed fish and shellfish. This is why? Because seas and lakes are warming, albeit slower than our air; bacteria adore this warmer environment; fish farmers are dosing the hapless sea-life with ever increasing doses of prophylactic antibiotics, in the fond but futile hope of keeping them healthy long enough to be sold as food. All of this drives the development of antibiotic-resistant bacterial species – which can and do confer their resistance unto nonresistant bacterial species. Aquaculture is now responsible for more than half the fish and seafood consumption around the world.

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Insectageddon: They’re starving

A host of sources warn that locusts aside, insects are declining, which is seriously bad news for posterity. Now a study done in the canton of Zurich, representative of all central Europe, and reported in Ecological Applications, has isolated a cause beyond rampant pesticide use and habitat devastation: they’re starving. Farming has “captured” vast areas and the diversity of food plants the insects need has dramatically shrunk over the past 100 years, leaving bees, butterflies and, yes, flies unable to find the food they need. Even leaving aside fly rights, this is seriously bad news because insects play an unimaginably enormous role in the ecology.

Environment

Nearly half of Americans are breathing filthy air

The Clean Air Act enacted in 1963 is very nice, but nearly half of Americans breathe polluted air, the American Lung Association reported last week. Climate change is contributing to the situation in multiple ways, including increasing use of artificial environment enhancers – aka air conditioners – as record heat withers the cities, and heaters when record snows and cold descend; and wildfires, which significantly boost soot in the air – one of the many forms of particle pollution. The association points out that particle pollution can trigger “heart attacks and strokes, and cause lung cancer. New research also links air pollution to the development of serious diseases, such as asthma and dementia.” Also, the filthier the air you breathe, the more likely you are to suffer serious consequences if you catch COVID-19.

Wildfires

Wildfires Still Raging on Chernobyl’s 34th Anniversary

More than a thousand firefighters were working in the radiation-contaminated Chernobyl exclusion zone on Sunday, the 34th anniversary of the nuclear disaster, amid a weeks-long effort to extinguish brush fires in the area.

Authorities have attributed the fires in the predominantly uninhabited Chernobyl zone and in other parts of Ukraine in recent weeks to strong winds and abnormally dry conditions after a winter that lacked significant snow cover.

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