Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.0 Earthquake hits the west Chile rise.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Tropical cyclone (tc) 15s (Emeraude), located approximately 919 nm east-southeast of Diego Garcia, is tracking south-southeastward at 02 knots.

NewsBytes:

Bad 10 Days for Pakistan – At least 79 people have died and 97 others have been injured in natural disasters in Pakistan over the past 10 days.

A landslide triggered by heavy rainfall collapsed a coal mine claiming the lives of seven labours and injuring 10 others in in Orakzai. In Pakistan’s northwestern tribal belt, at least 22 people have been killed and 33 others have been injured due to the heavy rains. Torrential rainfall in Balochistan killed 19 people, injured 20 others and collapsed 50 houses. Similarly, at least 11 people died in seven separate house collapse incidents in the country’s northeastern Kashmir region. Heavy rain in Punjab killed 10 people, injured 18 others and collapsed four houses. Torrential rainfall killed 10 people in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, injured 16 others and destroyed 77 houses.

Global Warming

New Zealand losing glaciers due to global warming

New Zealand, a country famous for its tourist attractions and magnificent sceneries, is losing its glaciers due to global warming, a study indicates. Fox and Franz Josef, two stunning glaciers that run from the mountains to a temperate rain forest, are at risk. The ice is melting so fast that it has become too dangerous for tourists to hike onto the glaciers, bringing an end to a tradition dating back to a century. The warm temperatures due to global warming are responsible for the glaciers melting, according to researchers.

Scientists feel that the melting of Fox and Franz Josef is one of the examples how global warming is adversely affecting the environment. Helicopters are now the only means of getting to the glaciers, which till last year could be climbed

A paper published in 2014 in the Global and Planetary Change said that each of the two glaciers had melted by up to 3 kilometres in length since the 1800s, reducing them in height by about 20 percent. The authors also said that due to global warming, the ice has been melting at a rate never recorded before.

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Wildlife

Coral bleaching at Barrier Reef: ‘severe’

Australian authorities said Sunday coral bleaching occurring in the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef had become “severe”, the highest alert level, as sea temperatures warm.

Australian Environment Minister Greg Hunt said while the bleaching at this stage was not as severe as in 1998 and 2002, also El Nino-related events, “it is however, in the northern parts a cause for concern”.

“The reef is 2,300 kilometres (1,429 miles) long and the bottom three-quarters is in strong condition, but as we head north, it becomes increasingly prone to bleaching,” Hunt said after an aerial tour of some of the affected areas Sunday, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported.

“Essentially what you could see was patches of coral bleaching as you approached Lizard Island (located in the Barrier Reef).”

The reef — the world’s biggest coral reef ecosystem — is already struggling from the threat of climate change, as well as farming run-off, development and the coral-eating crown-of-thorns starfish.