Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.8 earthquake hits Fiji.

5.3 earthquake hits Mindoro in the Philippines.

5.3 earthquake hits Ascension Island.

5.2 earthquake hits eastern Turkey.

5.2 earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.1 earthquake hits eastern Kazakhstan.

5.0 earthquake hits south of Fiji.

5.0 earthquake hits north of Svalbard.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Atlantic Ocean: Tropical Storm Cristobal is located about 370 mi…600 km s of the mouth of the Mississippi river with maximum sustained winds…45 mph…75 km/h. Present movement…n or 350 degrees at 14 mph…22 km/h.

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NewsBytes:

Venice, Itlay – A quarter of Venice has been submerged by a near-record high tide for June, a time of year when such flooding is rare. The water level in Italy’s lagoon city reached 116 centimeters (3 feet, 9.7 inches) late Thursday, the third-highest mark for June. That level indicates that around a quarter of Venice has been flooded. Venice’s sea monitoring agency blamed the unusually high late spring tide on a storm in the Atlantic that brought heavy winds and rain to northern Italy. Another unseasonably high tide is expected Friday night.

Environment

Arctic Oil Spill

A major oil spill in northern Siberia has prompted Vladimir Putin to declare a state of emergency in an environmentally fragile Arctic region after publically chastising local authorities for their bungled response.

The spill came as a tank lost pressure and collapsed last Friday in Norilsk in north-central Russia, leaking some 20,000 tons of what officials called “oil products” into the nearby Ambarnaya River – an accident that can likely be chalked up to melting permafrost due to climate change.

Norilsk spill

Hydrogen – Clean Power

Governments from Europe to Japan have scaled up efforts during the pandemic to develop hydrogen as a clean alternative to fossil fuels, with some using their economic stimulus programs to fund the research.

While hydrogen has long been touted as the way to rid the world of a large portion of its carbon emissions, it has proven to be very difficult and expensive to generate with renewable energy sources, such as sunlight.

But scientists at Japan’s Shinshu University say they have successfully split water into hydrogen and oxygen using light and newly developed catalysts that achieve almost 100% efficiency with no undesired side reactions.

They say their findings open the door to scalable and economically viable solar hydrogen production.

Wildlife

Wildebeest on the Move

Officials in the southern African nation of Botswana say they are relocating about 1,000 wildebeests from an area where they are coming into contact with livestock and infecting them with a deadly disease.

There is currently no treatment for malignant catarrhal fever spread by the migratory animals, and there have been 74 deaths from it in cattle since March. Helicopters and a team of 40 on the ground will help move the wildebeests to a conservation area away from the affected farms by late July.

Disease

COVID-19

The countries with the 10 greatest number of Covid-19 cases:

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