The rate at which wildlife is dying off in the remaining fragments of rainforests in Brazil is greater than previously thought. What was previously one cohesive area of rainforest where wildlife could roam free has now been cut up and divided by roads, cities, farms, and other forms of deforestation.

In the 196 fragments of forest visited, scientists found only 4 of the 18 mammal species they were looking for.

Among the highly endangered creatures were howler monkeys and marmosets. And species like white-lipped peccaries, which are similar to pigs, have been completely wiped out.

The situation was worse than previously thought. All the charismatic species, the large primates, the large ungulates, brocket deer, tapirs, giant anteaters, jaguars, the large cats have all but disappeared.


Tropical Storm Kai-Tak brings more heavy rains to northern Luzon in the Philippines. Manila has been warned to expect more floods. The tropical storm will continue to move northwestward today towards southeastern China.



5.3 and 4.6 Earthquakes hit Reykjanes Ridge in the north Atlantic.

5.1 Earthquake hits northern Iran.

4.9 Earthquake hits south of the Mariana Islands.



The hand, foot, mouth disease outbreak in Washoe County, Nevada, USA continues to spread with over 400 cases reported.

The disease is spread by direct contact with nose and throat discharges (coughing, sneezing), saliva, or fluid from blisters.

There is no treatment or vaccine for the disease, so the best defense is prevention.



Wildfires north-east of San Diego, California.

Wildfire in central Washington burns at least 60 homes. Thousands flee.

Bushfires in forest regions of Sri Lanka.


Nuclear Radiation

Genetic mutations have been found in three generations of butterflies from areas near Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant.

Scientists found 34 per cent of 3rd generation butterflies had abnormalities, including smaller wings and damaged eyes.

The findings will raise fears over the long-term effects of the leaks on other species and people who were exposed in the days and weeks after the accident, as radiation spread over a large area and forced thousands to evacuate.



7.7 Earthquake hits the Sea of Okhotsk. No tsunami warning issued.

5.4 Earthquke hits Pakistan.

5.2 Earthquake hits the Bonin Islands off Japan.

5.2 Earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands region.

5.1 and 4.8 Earthquakes hit Taiwan.



A swarm of more than 150 earthquakes caused an underwater eruption of a previously dormant volcano ‘Havre’ situated in the Pacific halfway between New Zealand and Tonga. The 4 000 square mile island of floating pumice was observed by a New Zealand navy ship last week.



Anthrax outbreak in Jiangsu Province, China.

Mysterious cattle disease has killed 68 cattle in Cholistan, Pakistan.



At least 1 000 people have been evacuated from the Canary Island of La Gromera to escape the wildfires burning on the island.

2 people have died in the wildfires raging in Alicante, Spain.

In northern California, 480 homes have been evacuated due to spreading wildfires.


Storms and Floods

Tropical Storm Kai-tak [Helen] is expected to bring more rain to an already drenched Philippines before heading towards China.

At least 28 people have been killed in floods in Nigeria’s Plateau State.

Tornado hits Riverside County, Southern California, USA.



A waterspout came ashore in Duluth, Minnesota, USA to become that State’s first tornado on record.


Arctic Warming

A rare summer storm blasted the Arctic this week, beginning off the coast of Alaska, and moving over much of the Arctic Sea for several days before dissipating.

Nasa reports that Arctic storms such as this one can have a large impact on the sea ice, causing it to melt rapidly through many mechanisms, such as tearing off large swaths of ice and pushing them to warmer sites, churning the ice and making it slushier, or lifting warmer waters from the depths of the Arctic Ocean.

“It seems that this storm has detached a large chunk of ice from the main sea ice pack. This could lead to a more serious decay of the summertime ice cover than would have been the case otherwise, even perhaps leading to a new Arctic sea ice minimum,” said Claire Parkinson, a climate scientist with NASA Goddard. “Decades ago, a storm of the same magnitude would have been less likely to have as large an impact on the sea ice, because at that time the ice cover was thicker and more expansive.”



300 people have been killed and more than 2 000 injured in the series of earthquakes that hit northern Iran Yesterday.

6.3 Earthquake hits Xinjiang-Xizang border region, China.

5.3 Earthquake hits Reykjanes Ridge in the northern Atlantic.

5.1 and 5.0 Aftershocks hits Northern Iran.