Wildfires

Wildfires – British Columbia, Canada

Wildfire officials are crediting the public for reporting smoke and flames during a weekend that recorded dozens of new wildfires in B.C. Thunderstorms are suspected to have caused 22 of them, according to the B.C. Wildfire Service. As of Sunday evening, there were a total of 39 active wildfires in the province, mainly in the Southern Interior. No wildfires posed a potential threat to public safety.

Wildfires – California

A wildfire northwest of Palm Springs flared up Saturday, with evacuation orders for thousands of people as firefighters fought the blaze in triple-degree heat.

The blaze, dubbed the Apple Fire, doubled in size overnight and is over 18 square miles. About 7,800 people have been told to evacuate over 2,500 homes, according to fire officials. Hundreds of people in foothill neighborhoods north of Beaumont fell under mandatory evacuation orders. One home has been destroyed. Herrera said firefighters were having difficulty assessing the damage because the charred ground was too hot to walk on.

Disease

COVID-19

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

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Polio – Guinea

The West African country of Guinea reported the first polio cases in the country. According to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, eight circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus 2 (cVDPV2) cases were reported in the Kankan Region in the eastern part of the country.

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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Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.4 earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.

5.3 earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

5.2 earthquake hits the southern mid-Atlantic ridge.

5.1 earthquake hits near age coast of southern Peru.

5.0 earthquake hits eastern Xizang, China.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Hurricane Isaias is located about 80 mi…125 km sse of Nassau and about 210 mi…335 km sse of Freeport Grand Bahama island with maximum sustained winds…85 mph…140 km/h. Present movement…nw or 315 degrees at 12 mph…19 km/h.

Tropical Depression Ten is located about 200 mi…325 km ne of the Cabo Verde islands with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…nw or 315 degrees at 16 mph…26 km/h

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical storm 04w (Sinlaku), located approximately 174 nm north of Da Nang, Vietnam, is tracking west-northwestward at 15 knots.

Tropical depression 03w (Three), located approximately 336 nm south of Kadena AFB, is tracking northwestward at 15 knots.

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Wildfires

Wildfires – California

A wildfire in Cherry Valley in Riverside County grew to 900 acres on Friday evening, and officials said as many as 150 structures could be at risk. Some residents were asked to evacuate. At least 375 firefighters had responded to the wildfire in addition to multiple air tankers and helicopters. Electricity for the area was powered off as firefighters worked to contain the fire.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.8 earthquake hits Tonga.

5.6 earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.

5.2 earthquake hits the E’Entrecasteaux Islands.

5.1 earthquake hits Alaska.

5.1 earthquake hits central Peru.

5.0 earthquake hits eastern Xizang, China.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Atlantic Ocean: Hurricane Isaias is located about 15 mi…25 km ssw of Great Inagua island and about 385 mi…620 km se of Nassau with maximum sustained winds…80 mph…130 km/h. Present movement…nw or 305 degrees at 17 mph…28 km/h.

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NewsBytes:

Niger and Mali – In Niger, 9 people have died, 20,174 people have been affected and 2,244 houses have been destroyed. The worst hit areas are the regions of Maradi and Tahoua, with respectively 13,667 and 4,173 people affected. According to the Ministry of the Interior, 17 people have been injured and 9 people have lost their lives, including five by drowning and four in the collapse of houses. Meanwhile in neighbouring Mali, floods have affected 7,648 people, including 5,406 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Mopti Region. Flooding was also reported in Gao and assessments are ongoing.

Caribbean – Thursday, Isaias slammed the Dominican Republic with heavy rainfall and strong winds. A tropical storm watch is listed for the east coast of Florida from Ocean Reef to Sebastian Inlet and for Lake Okeechobee. The center has warned of the risk of winds, heavy rainfall and storm surge this weekend along Florida’s east coast and spreading northward along the U.S. East Coast through early next week.

Environment

Global Quiet

The plunge in human activities worldwide in recent months due to the pandemic has brought the longest and most pronounced quiet period of seismic noise in recorded history. An international team of scientists write in the journal Science that the relative quiet has allowed them to detect previously concealed earthquake signals, which could help us more accurately tell the difference in the future between man-made and natural seismic noise. The typically quiet periods around Christmas, New Year’s and the Chinese New Year have been eclipsed by the decline of industrial production, transport and service industries brought on by COVID-19.

Environment

Global Temperature Extremes

The week’s hottest temperature was 123 degrees Fahrenheit (50.6 degrees Celsius) in Al Qaysumah, Saudi Arabia.

The week’s coldest temperature was minus 106.0 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 76.7 degrees Celsius) at Vostok, Antarctica.

Temperatures were tabulated from the more than 10,000 worldwide synoptic weather stations. The United Nations World Meteorological Organization sets the standards for weather observations, and provides a global telecommunications circuit for data distribution.