Earthquakes

5.4 Earthquake hits central Iran.

5.1 Earthquake hits offshore Chiapas, Mexico.

5.0 Earthquake hits Papua, Indonesia.

Environment

Experts Fear Collapse of Global Civilisation

Experts on the health of our planet are terrified of the future. They can clearly see the coming collapse of global civilisation from an array of interconnected environmental problems.

Global collapse of human civilisation seems likely, writes Paul Ehrlich, president of the Center for Conservation Biology at Stanford University in the prestigious science journal, Proceedings of the Royal Society.

This collapse will take the form of a gradual breakdown because famines, epidemics and resource shortages cause a disintegration of central control within nations, in concert with disruptions of trade and conflicts over increasingly scarce necessities.

Already two billion people are hungry today. Food production is humanity’s biggest industry and is already being affected by climate and other environmental problems. No civilisation can avoid collapse if it fails to feed its population.

Escalating climate disruption, ocean acidification, oceanic dead zones, depletion of groundwater and extinctions of plants and animals are the main drivers of the anticipated collapse.

Our reality is that current overconsumption of natural resources and the resulting damage to life-sustaining services nature provides means we need another half of a planet to keeping going. And that’s if all seven billion remain at their current living standards.

If everyone lived like a U.S. citizen, another four or five planets would be needed.

Global population is projected to increase by 2.5 billion by 2050. It doesn’t take an expert to conclude that collapse of civilisation will be unavoidable without major changes.

We’re facing a future where billions will likely die, and yet little is being done to avoid certain disaster.

Wildfires

Wildfires in New Zealand

Wildfires fuelled by intense heat and high winds in New Zealand have destroyed several homes in Canterbury area, forcing many residents to flee homes.

Disease

Flu Outbreak Becomes Epidemic in USA

Influenza has officially reached epidemic proportions in the United States, with 7.3 percent of deaths last week caused by pneumonia and the flu, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Friday.

Space Events

Solar Flare

A huge sunspot known as AR1654 produced an M1-class solar flare, which is heading towards the Earth. The sun is in an active phase of its current 11-year weather cycle, which scientists call Solar Cycle 24. The sun’s activity cycle is expected to reach its peak (or “solar maximum”) in 2013.

Volcanos

Eruption in New Guinea

An large eruption seems to have occurred this morning around 05:30 GMT from Manam volcano north of New Guinea. VAAC Darwin reported an ash plume rising to 45,000 ft (approx. 14 km) altitude. For the moment, no precise other information about the nature of the eruption is available, as the island is remote.

Storms and Floods

Flooding in La Jolla, Southern California

High tide in La Jolla caused flooding in coastal area of southern California. ‘King Tides’ were also expected to come in to La Jolla at 6.9 feet and at 8:01 a.m in San Diego

Floods in Malawi

Three people have died, and nearly 5 000 households have been ruined as floods swept through parts of Malawi.

Dust Storm in Western Australia

A massive thunderstorm laden with red dust was photographed from a tug boat as it moved out toward the Indian Ocean. A meteorologist said the storm was dumping huge amounts of sand it had picked up while passing the coastal town of Onslow in Western Australia.

Dust Storm

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