Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.4 earthquake hits Alaska.

5.3 earthquake hits near the coast of southern Peru.

5.1 earthquake hits Alaska.

5.0 earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Potential Tropical Cyclone Nine is located about 55 mi…90 km wsw of Dominica and about 350 mi…560 km se of San Juan Puerto Rico with maximum sustained winds…45 mph…75 km/h. Present movement…wnw or 290 degrees at 23 mph…37 km/h.

In the Central Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm Douglas is located about 320 mi…515 km se of Midway island and about 1065 mi…1715 km w of Honolulu Hawaii with maximum sustained winds…40 mph…65 km/h. Present movement…w or 275 degrees at 23 mph…37 km/h.

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NewsBytes:

Japan – More torrential rain has caused flooding and mudslides in Japan following the disaster in southern prefectures that left over 50 dead or missing earlier this month. Heavy rain has been falling in northern area of the country since 27 July. Several locations in Yamagata recorded more than 200mm of rain in 24 hours on 28 July. The Mogami River in the prefecture broke its banks, flooding houses and roads in several areas including the town of Oishida as well as in Okura. According to prefecture officials, around 90 homes have been damaged by the flooding and nearly 2,500 people have been evacuated. One person was reported injured.

Global Warming

Forests Migrate — But Not Fast Enough For Climate Change

We’re all familiar with migration: Wildebeests gallop across Africa, Monarch butterflies flit across the Americas … but forests migrate, too, an agonizingly slow migration, as forests creep inch by inch to more hospitable places.

Individual trees are rooted in one spot. As old trees die and new ones sprouts up, the forest is — ever so slightly — moving. A forest sends seeds just beyond its footprint in every direction, but the seeds that go to the north — assuming the north is the more hospitable direction — thrive a little more than the ones that fall to the south. Over time, this forest would march steadily northwards.

Wildlife

Soil animals are getting smaller with climate change

The biomass of small animals that decompose plants in the soil and thus maintain its fertility is declining both as a result of climate change and over-intensive cultivation. To their surprise, however, scientists have discovered that this effect occurs in two different ways: while the changing climate reduces the body size of the organisms, cultivation reduces their frequency. Even by farming organically, it is not possible to counteract all negative consequences of climate change.

Largely unnoticed and in secret, an army of tiny service providers works below our feet. Countless small insects, arachnids and other soil dwellers are indefatigably busy decomposing dead plants and other organic material, and recycling the nutrients they contain. However, experts have long feared that these organisms, which are so important for soil fertility and the functioning of ecosystems, are increasingly coming under stress.

On the one hand, they are confronted with the consequences of climate change, which challenges them with high temperatures and unusual precipitation conditions with more frequent droughts. On the other hand, they also suffer from over-intensive land use.

Disease

COVID-19

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

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Measles – DR Congo

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) measles outbreak continues as health officials report an additional 850 measles cases including 6 deaths (CFR 0.7%) across the country during the week ending July 12.