Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.2 Earthquake hits south of Lombok, Indonesia.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

No current tropical storms.

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Nepal – A flood triggered by heavy downpours in Banepa in the Kavre district in Nepal has claimed the lives of two people and left one other missing.

Wildlife

Zambia to Cull 2 000 Hippo – Anthrax Scare

The wildlife conservation group, the Born Free Foundation, has come out criticizing and condemning an apparent plan sanctioned by the Zambian government- to cull 2000 hippopotamuses over the next five years. The justification? A ‘wildlife management tool’ to prevent the future spread of anthrax among wild animals.

However, the motivations for the cull are in question as Born Free President and Co-Founder, Will Travers OBE, noted: “There are many questions about this abhorrent activity, questions that simply must be answered: Is it a cull or is it ‘trophy hunting’? What is the scientific rationale for killing up to 2,000 hippo (there are perhaps as few as 80,000 hippo in all of Southern Africa)? Is culling an effective way of addressing the possible spread of anthrax? Where will the money from the cull really end up? Is there truly an over-population issue with hippo in the Luangwa area?”

Anthrax outbreaks among hippos is not totally rare thing in Africa. Uganda has reported a number of large outbreaks in recent years.

The Born Free Foundation reports that the hippopotamus is listed as Vulnerable on the International Union of Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List with recent population estimates suggesting that, over the past 10 years, there has been a 7%-20% decline in hippo populations.

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Wildfires

Wildfires – Alberta, Canada

Oil sands producers Canadian Natural Resources Limited and Cenovus Energy shut projects and evacuated workers at Pelican Lake projects in northern Alberta as wildfires again threaten western Canadian output just as production begins to recover.

The lightning-sparked fire, roughly 75 hectares in size, and blowing away from the facility, is some 19 miles from the community of Wabasca, fire official Travis Fairweather said.

The Pelican Lake fire is about 100 miles southwest of the massive wildfire still burning east of Fort McMurray, Alberta. Last month that blaze forced 90,000 residents to flee the city and shut down more than 1 million barrels per day of oil sands output.

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Wildfires – Arizona, USA

Fire crews have been busy working multiple wildfires across Arizona.

A fire in Elgin, Ariz. burned over 1,000 acres on Monday. The fire started along Longview Loop and is currently 90 percent contained.

The Mule Ridge Fire, which was discovered on May 31, is now 85 percent contained. According to officials, the blaze has burned over 8,500 acres near Ruby, Ariz. The fire was said to have been originated in Mexico. It soon crossed over into Arizona territory.

The Juniper Fire near Young, Ariz. is 20 percent contained. It has scorched 23,000 acres. Officials said the fire, which was first reported on May 17, was caused by a spark from lightning.