Sea turtles face a barrage of troubles. On beaches, poachers steal their eggs and babies for stewing; at sea, adults get caught up in fishermen’s long lines and nets.
A recent study of leatherback turtles has shown that the temperature of beaches is slowly rising. Hot sand results in predominantly female hatchlings, which skews the population mix, while too hot sand drastically reduces the number of successful hatchlings.
6.1 Earthquake hits Hokkaido, Japan. The Earthquake is regarded as another aftershock following the Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami of 2011. There have now been more than 5 000 aftershocks.
5.9 and 5.6 Earthquakes hit the west Indian-Antarctic ridge.
5.3 Earthquake hits the mid-Atlantic ridge.
5.3 Earthquake hits the Kuril Islands off Alaska.
Rainstorms continue to batter the south-western and southern regions of China. Floods have been reported across large areas of the southern regions with thousands of homes damaged and people displaced.
Wisconsin, USA is the latest State to report a widespread outbreak of whooping cough (pertussis).
A 5 000 acres wildfire in Nevada, USA has destroyed 19 structures and is still threatening more than 120 homes.
Wildfires also burning in other parts of Nevada, in Arizona and Utah, USA.