Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.1 earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.

5.5 earthquake hits the Bismarck Sea.

5.4 earthquake hits the Bismarck Sea.

5.4 earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.2 earthquake hits the Bismarck sea.

5.1 earthquake hits south of Fiji.

5.1 earthquake hits offshore Sucre, Venezuela.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Tropical Storm Isaias is located about 45 mi…75 km ene of Fort Lauderdale Florida and about 45 mi…75 km se of west Palm Beach Florida with maximum sustained winds…65 mph…100 km/h. Present movement…nw or 325 degrees at 9 mph…15 km/h.

Remnants of Ten are located about 250 mi…405 km nnw of the Cabo Verde islands with maximum sustained winds…25 mph…35 km/h. Present movement…wnw or 285 degrees at 16 mph…26 km/h.

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical storm 04w (Sinlaku), located approximately 78 nm south of Hanoi, Vietnam, is tracking west-northwestward at 07 knots.

Tropical Storm 03w (Hagupit), located approximately 264 nm southwest of Kadena AFB, is tracking northwestward at 07 knots.

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NewsBytes:

Sudan – Khartoum was hit by heavy rains on Friday (31 July) and Saturday (01 August 2020). Floods covered large parts of East Nile locality in Khartoum North. A number of houses collapsed.

Afghanistan – Afghanistan National Disaster Management Authority (ANDMA) said that 100 homes were damaged or destroyed after heavy rain triggered flash flooding in Kuz Kunar district on 31 July. ADMA reported 14 people have died as a result, with 6 people injured. Flooding was also reported in Parwan Province where homes and roads were damaged or destroyed in areas of the provincial capital, Charikar.

South Korea – At least 5 people have died and 7 others are missing after heavy rains triggered mudslides and flooding in central South Korea on 02 August, 2020. Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA) reported rainfall of more than 290mm in 24 hours from 01 to 02 August in areas of Gyeonggi and North Chungcheong provinces. North Chungcheong Province is the worst affected. Homes have been damaged, roads closed and train services suspended. Floods and mudslides caused fatalities in Chungju (1), Eumseong (2) and Jecheon (1).

Georgia – According to local authorities, flooding affected several villages in Oni municipality, Racha-Lechkhumi and Kvemo Svaneti region. Roads and bridges were damaged or destroyed, leaving around 2,000 people cut off. Power and drinking water supply was interrupted. Flooding was also reported in Guria Region, where roads and crops were damaged, and in Imereti Region, in particular in Tskaltubo municipality where the Rioni River broke its banks. Meanwhile mudflows have blocked roads in Tskhinvali region.

Global Warming

‘Landmark’ Irish climate case sets global precedent

The Supreme Court ruling that will force the Government to review its climate action plan will have significant international repercussions, according to an expert from the United Nations.

For the first time in Ireland, and only the second time in the world, the highest national court has required a government to revise its national climate policy.

The case dubbed “Climate Case Ireland,” lodged by Friends of the Irish Environment (FIE) against the Government, argued that the State’s National Mitigation Plan does not do enough to tackle climate change.

Yesterday’s ruling rejected the plan as invalid and in breach of the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Act 2015, overturning a High Court ruling last year which said that it could not second guess government policy.

Wildlife

Florida wildlife officials remove 5,000 pythons from the Everglades

Wildlife officials removed 5,000 from the Everglades, according to a statement from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Burmese pythons are not naturally found in Florida. But the nonnative pests reproduce — and kill other species — so frequently that the state takes extraordinary measures to combat them. Each invasive python eliminated represents hundreds of native Florida wildlife saved. The invasive pythons became established as a result of escaped or released pets.

Amazon Deforestations at Record High

The first six months of 2020 were the worst on record for deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon, with 3,069 square kilometres (1,185 square miles) cleared, according to INPE data, an area bigger than the nation of Luxembourg.

The number of forest fires in the Brazilian Amazon has risen by 28 percent from July 2019, satellite data showed on Saturday, fuelling fears the world’s biggest rainforest will again be devastated by fires this year.

Brazil’s national space agency, INPE, identified 6,803 fires in the Amazon region in July 2020, up from 5,318 the year before.

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