Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.1 earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.

5.2 earthquake hits Salta, Argentina.

5.0 earthquake hits Tajikistan.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Hurricane Iota is located about 25 mi…40 km ne of Isla de Providencia Colombia and about 170 mi…275 km se of Cabo Gracias a Dios on nic/hon border with maximum sustained winds…145 mph…230 km/h. Present movement…w or 280 degrees at 10 mph…17 km/h.

In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 01s (Alicia), located approximately 552 nm south of Diego Garcia, is tracking south-southwestward at 10 knots.

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Newsbytes:

Philippines – The flood situation in the northern Philippines continues to worsen after torrential rainfall brought by Typhoon Vamco, known locally as Ulysses. As of 15 November, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported 173 incidents of flooding and 38 incidents of landslides. Over 1.7 million people have been affected across the region. 22,756 houses have been damaged and 3,096 totally destroyed. As many as 324,617 people have been displaced from their homes and moved to 2,991 evacuation centres.

Global Warming

Global warming will continue no matter what we do

Even if humanity stopped emitting greenhouse gases tomorrow, Earth will warm for centuries to come and oceans will rise by metres, according to a controversial modelling study published Thursday.

Natural drivers of global warming — more heat-trapping clouds, thawing permafrost, and shrinking sea ice — already set in motion by carbon pollution will take on their own momentum, researchers from Norway reported in the Nature journal Scientific Reports.

“According to our models, humanity is beyond the point-of-no-return when it comes to halting the melting of permafrost using greenhouse gas cuts as the single tool, If we want to stop this melting process we must do something in addition — for example, suck CO2 out of the atmosphere and store it underground, and make Earth’s surface brighter.”

The core finding — contested by leading climate scientists — is that several thresholds, or “tipping points”, in Earth’s climate system have already been crossed, triggering a self-perpetuating process of warming, as has happened millions of years in the past. One of these drivers is the rapid retreat of sea ice in the Arctic.

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Wildfires

Wildfires – Kansas, USA

More than a dozen fire departments are fighting a wildfire in Kansas 10 miles east of Hutchinson. The fire had burned 3,000 acres in grass, cottonwood trees, and cedar trees by 9:00 am.