Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.5 earthquake hits Reykjanes ridge.

5.3 earthquake hits Reykjanes ridge.

5.2 earthquake hits Reykjanes rige.

5.2 earthquake hits the Molucca Sea.

5.0 earthquake hits Tonga.

Global Warming

Renewable Energy – Europe

More than a fifth of energy used in the European Union in 2021 came from renewables, new data shows. Solar, wind and other ‘green’ sources contributed 21.8 per cent to the EU’s total energy consumption, according to Eurostat.

Sweden once again topped the list as the EU country with the highest share of renewable energy in 2021, getting 63% of its energy from renewables. Finland was second with 43%, and then Estonia, Austria and Denmark with 38%, 36% and 34% respectively.

But when it comes to European countries more broadly, two non-EU countries are still well ahead. Iceland gets the greatest share of its energy from renewable sources in Europe, thanks to its great geothermal resources. Around 86 per cent of its clean energy came from this source. Norway came in second place with a stellar 76 per cent from renewables.

Environment

Air Pollution Warning for London

Freezing fog will create dangerous driving conditions in England on Sunday, the Met Office has said, as the London Mayor warned the weather would exacerbate air pollution in the capital. London Mayor Sadiq Khan warned pollution would intensify on Sunday as cold, foggy conditions trap in emissions from cars and vans that burn fossil fuels.

Air pollution increases the risk of respiratory infections, heart disease and lung cancer and tends to hit those who are already ill, children the elderly and poor people.

Disease

Streptococci infections – Denmark

Denmark reports more and more people in Denmark are currently being diagnosed with an infection with group A streptococci, and the increase has now reached a level that far exceeds the normal for the time of year. In addition, there has been a tripling of invasive cases (iGAS) in one month, which are cases where streptococci have spread and caused serious conditions, for example blood poisoning.

Syphilis – USA

Syphilis rates in the United States have been increasing since 2012. From 2012 through 2021, the rate of syphilis cases increased by 224% in the U.S. and by 405% in Maine. Maine CDC recently received notification of a case of congenital syphilis (CS). This is the first case of CS reported in a Maine resident in nearly 30 years. In 2021, there were 2,677 cases of CS reported in the U.S., an increase of 702% from 2012.