Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.7 earthquake hits the Svalbard region.

5.2 earthquake hits the Hindu Kush, Afghanistan.

5.1 earthquake hits the Pagan region in the North Mariana Islands.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Eastern North Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm 06e (Estelle), located approximately 872 nm south of San Diego, is tracking westward at 12 knots.

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Newsbytes:

Niger – Reports from the Civil Protection Directorate in Niger show at least 8 people have lost their lives as a result of heavy rain and flooding in the country since the start of this year’s rainy season in June. Heavy rain and flooding struck areas of Maradi and Zinder regions in late June. Wind and rain caused severe damages to hundreds of homes as well as public buildings including schools and health centres. A total of 3,980 people from 438 households were affected. Spates of severe weather continued in July. As of 14 July, Civil Protection reported 2 further fatalities and 8,533 people from 1,033 households affected. As many as 441 houses had collapsed and 635 were damaged. Local media reported 252 mm of rain fell in a few hours in Hamdara, department of Mirriah, Zinder Region, on 17 July.

Global Warming

As Globe Warms, Infected Pines Starve And Disease-Causing Fungi Thrive

The high heat and low water conditions produced by global warming weaken pine trees’ resistance to disease by hindering their ability to mount an effective defense at the same time that pathogenic fungi in their tissues become more aggressive, new research suggests. The findings help explain the mechanisms behind what has become a well-known fact: The warming world makes trees more susceptible to disease.

The study showed that within three days of infection under climate-change conditions, the tree was pulled in two different directions: It was deprived of carbon by both reduced photosynthesis and enhanced acquisition of the carbon by the fungi. When we talk about carbon, we mean the sugars, food and reserves for all other metabolic processes in the trees, including growth and defence.

Disease

Covid-19

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

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Malaria – Madagascar

From the beginning of the year through June 5, 2022, Madagascar has reported 543,994 cases and 68 deaths (CFR 0.01%), according to the World Health Organization.

Yellow Fever – Uganda

The World Health Organization (WHO) reports a total of 200 cases of suspected yellow fever in Uganda since the beginning of 2022 to 26 June 2022 with no deaths reported.

Marbuurg Virus – Ghana

Ghana is on high alert over its first outbreak of the Ebola-like Marburg virus. It comes after the World Health Organisation collaborated with the country to test two suspected cases of the infectious disease early in July. Those tests have just come back positive. Both cases, which were unrelated, died.