Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.3 earthquake hits the Panama-Costa Rica border.

5.0 earthquake hits northern Algeria.

5.0 earthquake hits south of Fiji.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm 04e (Dolores), located approximately 1235 nm southeast of San Diego, is tracking north-northwestward at 09 knots.

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Newsbytes:

Crimea – Heavy rain and flooding has affected Ukraine and Russian annexed Crimea over the last few days. Authorities said parts of the city of Kerch in Crimea were under 1.6 metres of water on 17 June 2021. 1,700 people have been affected by the flooding in Crimea, mostly in the city of Kerch and surrounding areas of Lenins’kyi district. Minor flooding was also reported in Kirovske and Sovietskyi districts. Power and water supply was interrupted for thousands of people in Kerch and Lenins’kyi district. The heavy rainfall and overflowing Melek-Chesme river flooded wide areas of the city of Kerch, including the City Hospital.

Global Warming

The Earth is Trapping Twice the Heat of Only 15 years Ago

The planet is trapping roughly double the amount of heat in the atmosphere than it did nearly 15 years ago, according to an alarming new analysis from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The study, published this week in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, found that what’s known as the Earth’s energy imbalance — the difference between how much of the sun’s energy the planet absorbs and how much energy is radiated back into space — approximately doubled from 2005 to 2019. The result was “striking,” the research team wrote.

Life on Earth couldn’t exist without the sun’s energy, but it matters how much of that energy is radiated back into space. It’s a delicate balance that determines the planet’s climate.

In addition to higher global temperatures, the most obvious effect of a positive imbalance is that we’re going to be seeing shifts in atmospheric circulations including more extreme events like droughts and severe storms.

Climate Change is Killing the Pacific Island Nation of Kiribati

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Kiribati is an independent island nation in Oceania with a population of 117,606 people living among its twenty inhabitable islands. Kiribati has few natural resources and relies heavily on imports from other countries. It is one of the world’s poorest nations with a GDP of around $195 million.

The greatest risk Kiribati faces is rising sea and water levels. The people of Kiribati have migrated inland but this has not prevented large-scale devastation every time a flood occurs. While Kiribati is responsible for only 0.0002% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, it is paying the highest price for the effects of climate change. Two of the nation’s islands have already been destroyed by the ocean.

As ocean walls are continually destroyed and rebuilt, the people of the island are forced to make difficult decisions daily, whether it is rebuilding a school, hospital, or the sea wall. In most cases, rebuilding the sea wall takes precedence. Crops are continuously destroyed, and barren forests stripped of lush greenery and crops remain graveyards, awaiting the next flood. The flat island atolls indicate that people’s only option to escape is to migrate further inland, and they will continue to do so until there is no land left.

Disease

Covid-19

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

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Naegleria fowleri – Pakistan

Pakistan has been a hotspot for infections with the “brain-eating amoeba”, Naegleria fowleri in recent years and now officials are reporting two more cases/deaths in the city of Karachi.