Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.9 earthquake hits south of Fiji.

5.8 earthquake hits southern Iran.

5.4 earthquake hits southern Iran.

5.1 earthquake hits southern Sumatra, Indonesia.

5.0 earthquake hits the Banda Sea.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Atlantic Ocean: Post Tropical Cyclone Cristobal is located about 195 mi…310 km nne of Madison Wisconsin and about 185 mi…295 km w of Sault ste. Marie Michigan with maximum sustained winds…40 mph…65 km/h. Present movement…nne or 30 degrees at 30 mph…48 km/h.

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NewsBytes:

Ghana – One has died and many have lost their homes in the floods caused by a continuing downpour in Accra, Ghana’s capital, local officials confirmed here on Tuesday.

Yemen – Heavy rain continues in Yemen. According to authorities, 1,024 households were affected in Aden and are in need for shelter, food and health assistance. The country’s easternmost governorate of Al-Mahrah as well as Abyan, Hadramawt and Shabwah governorates have also been hit by rain and flooding.

Global Warming

Israel Greenhouse Gas Emissions Rise

Methane emanating from Israel’s natural gas infrastructure is increasing the country’s overall global-warming greenhouse gas emissions by some eight percent and is probably preventing the country from meeting its international obligations on climate change, according to a new report by the environmental advocacy organization Adam Teva V’Din.

The finding contradicts claims by Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz that the move to natural gas is helping Israel reach its targets for lowering warming gases.

Pakistan under Threat of Glacial Floods

With more than 7,000, Pakistan has more glaciers than anywhere except the polar regions. But climate change is “eating away Himalayan glaciers at a dramatic rate”, a study published in the journal Science Advances noted.

As glacier ice melts, it can collect in large glacial lakes, which are at risk of bursting their banks and creating deadly flash floods downstream. More than 3,000 of those lakes had formed as of 2018, with 33 of them considered hazardous and more than 7 million people at risk downstream.

Environment

Siberian Forests under Attack

Swarms of the Siberian silk moth, whose larvae eat away at conifer trees in the region’s forests, have grown rapidly amid the rising temperatures. The moths are usually inactive during winter and eat in spring, summer and autumn periods which are now lengthening.

“In all my long career as a specialist, I’ve never seen moths so huge and growing so quickly,” said Vladimir Soldatov, a moth expert, who warns of “tragic consequences” for forests. The larvae, which are taking over larger areas of forest, strip trees of their needles and make them more susceptible to forest fires.

The moth “has moved 150 kilometres north compared to its usual territory and that’s because of global warming,” Soldatov told AFP. In the Krasnoyarsk region of eastern Siberia, more than 120,000 trees have had to be treated to kill the larvae, according to the regional forest protection centre.

Another insect pest, the bark beetle that bores into tree trunks, has also recently colonised the region. It has flourished since 2003 as the climate became milder.

With snow melting earlier in the year in northern Siberia, exposed dry vegetation and soil means fires can spread easily, said Alexei Yaroshenko, who heads the forest section at Greenpeace Russia.

Disease

COVID-19

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

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Ebola – DR Congo

In a follow-up on a second Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in the Équateur Province in the western Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) reported on June 1, the World Health Organization (WHO) now reports a total of 12 cases (9 confirmed and 3 probable) with six deaths as of Saturday.