Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.2 earthquake hits south of Alaska.

5.1 earthquake hits south of Java, Indonesia.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Atlantic Ocean: Tropical Depression Five is located about 70 mi…110 km n of Bermuda with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…ne or 55 degrees at 20 mph…31 km/h.

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Wildlife

Bee Recovery

Beekeepers across the U.S. report that their colonies have rebounded from the losses suffered last year.

While the deadly 2018-2019 winter season saw a record 37.7% of the colonies die off, there was only a 22.2% loss last winter, the smallest in the last 14 years. But losses had continued through the summer of 2019, when beekeepers reported a 32% death rate — much higher than the average for summer losses.

Honeybees are threatened by mites, diseases, pesticides and climate change, which experts say are part of the new normal the bee industry must cope with.

More Locusts

Swarms of desert locusts have invaded a suburb of New Delhi for the first time in recorded history, prompting residents to bang pots and pans to ward off the insects.

Neighboring Pakistan has battled infestations for weeks. But since the insects arrived between the last harvest and the next planting season, there have so far not been any reports of significant crop losses.

A new generation of the ravenous insects is now devastating crops that are emerging in East Africa.

Wildfires

Smoke from wildfires in Siberia causing haze in Pacific Northwest

The smoke from wildfires raging in Siberia have drifted into the Pacific Northwest this week, causing haze in the skies. Upper level winds are picking up the smoke from the fires and pushing it 5,000 miles across the North Pacific and into USA skies.

Wildfires in the Arctic cause huge spike in carbon emissions

The Arctic region is heating twice as fast as the rest of the world and ‘zombie fires’ released 60-million tonnes of carbon dioxide in June alone

Wildfires that have raged in the Arctic Circle since early spring led to a record spike in pollution from the infernos in June. Arctic fires emitted 16.3-million tonnes of carbon — or about 60-million tonnes of carbon dioxide — last month. That’s the highest since at least 2003 and almost nine times more than the same month in 2018.

Disease

COVID-19

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

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MERS coronavirus update

Global health officials have reported 61 Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) cases since the beginning of the year. The cases have been reported in Saudi Arabia (57), United Arab Emirates (2) and Qatar (1). Riyadh accounted for 25 of Saudi Arabia’s cases. 20 deaths have been reported in Saudi Arabia.

Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever – Bulgaria

Officials with the Bulgarian National Centre for Infectious and Parasitic Diseases reported a Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF) case during the week of June 7. This is the first case of CCHF of 2020 in Bulgaria.

Eastern equine encephalitis – Massachusetts, USA

Massachusetts state health officials reported Friday that eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) virus has been detected in mosquitoes in Massachusetts for the first time this year.