Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.3 earthquake hits Tonga.

5.1 earthquake hits Crete.

5.1 earthquake hits south of the Kermedec Islands.

5.0 earthquake hits Nevada, USA.

5.0 earthquake hits south of the Kermedec Islands.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.

NewsBytes:

India – A tornado in the Rajnagar block of Odisha’s Kendrapara district has injured 12 people and damaged 70 houses.

UK – Hundreds of homes and businesses were flooded, some for the third time this year, as heavy rain and thunderstorms continued to sweep across parts of the UK. Some residents in south Wales were forced to flee from homes that had already been inundated twice in 2020 and now face having to once again dry out and rebuild with the added complication of lockdown.

Wildlife

Tortoise Success

A group of aging giant tortoises that helped save their species from the brink of extinction in the Galápagos Islands was released into the wild after four decades of tireless breeding.

The number of giant tortoises plummeted to just 15 individuals in the 1970s as the captive breeding program was launched. There are now more than 2,000 living on Española Island, meaning the species’ survival is assured and the breeding program can end.

One tortoise named Diego, famous for his virility, sired some 800 offspring. He and 14 other breeding veterans have been relocated to an area of the island where their favorite snack of cactus is abundant. Wildlife experts say this setting should make their transition to life in the wild easier.

Environment

Mini Forests

A patchwork of small but dense forests is emerging across Europe thanks to a Japanese botanist who has also planted tiny forests in Japan and Malaysia.

Akira Miyawaki’s projects use saplings of native varieties, adapted to local conditions, to cover sites as small as a tennis court and in patches of roadside.

The method typically uses 30 or more species at a time and is said to grow forests 10 times faster, 30 times denser and 100 times more biodiverse than those planted in conventional ways.

Besides the ability to capture carbon from the atmosphere to combat global warming, the mini forests provide better food and shelter for a diversity of creatures, such as insects, snails and amphibians.

Disease

COVID-19

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